Atlanta United’s Thiago Almada suspended 2 more games

Atlanta United’s Thiago Almada was suspended two additional games and manager Gonzalo Pineda fined an undisclosed amount for their actions during and after the team’s 2-1 loss to Columbus on May 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Almada received a red card after the game because he made contact with referee Joe Dickerson. The MLS disciplinary committee suspended Almada for two more games after reviewing the incident, citing one of the parameters that guides the committee: “supplemental discipline (suspension and/or fine) will be administered if the disciplinary committee believes the offense is egregious in nature, and/or it must act to protect player safety, and/or it must protect the integrity of the game, and/or the player is guilty of repeat behavior.”

Almada, who has three goals and three assists, will miss the games against Miami on June 19, at Toronto on June 25 and at the Red Bulls on June 30.

Additionally, Pineda was fined for what the committee deemed aggressive behavior and using inappropriate language toward the officiating crew.

After the game, Pineda said that he thought he received his red card for throwing his coat to the ground after his team scored a goal in the 92nd minute. He said there is only so much he can take regarding decisions made by the officials. The team’s players have been fouled 180 times, far less than league leaders Orlando (245). Atlanta United’s players have committed 138 fouls. Its opponents have received 43 yellow cards compared with Atlanta United’s 29.

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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule

Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1

March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0

March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1

March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3

April 2 Atlanta United 1, D.C. United 0

April 10 Charlotte 1, Atlanta United 0

April 16 Atlanta United 0, Cincinnati 0

April 24 Miami 2, Atlanta United 1

April 30 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1

May 7 Atlanta United 4, Chicago 1

May 15 Atlanta United 2, New England 2

May 21 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

May 28 Columbus 2, Atlanta United 1

June 19 vs Miami, 3 p.m., ESPN2

June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC

July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1

July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

August 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC

August 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

August 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

August 21 at Columbus, 5:30 p.m., FS1

August 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV

August 31 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., FS1

Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX

Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE