Sounders captain Brad Evans has been fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for using “offensive, insulting and abusive language” toward referee Jorge Gonzalez during last weekend’s 3-1 loss in Colorado, the league announced Wednesday in a release.
Evans was also shown a second yellow card in the 87th minute for dissent and will miss this Saturday’s home match against the Columbus Crew.
It was the first red card the 31-year-old veteran had picked up in league play since 2008, when Evans still played for the Crew.
“Every referee has his own dynamic, and you have to understand that,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Wednesday. “It was one of those things where you get into the emotional, into the heat of it and you make a mistake.”
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“Referees who talk to you and explain things go a long way in regards to the players having a good feeling about them. When a referee says, ‘I don’t have to explain anything to you,’ it builds a bridge between the players and referee.”