ATLANTA -- Atlanta United will be another man down as it heads into Sunday's home match against New York City F.C.
MLS announced Yamil Asad will be suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "violent conduct" in Atlanta United's match against D.C. United last Sunday. Atlanta lost the match 3-1.
In the 83rd minute, Asad elbowed Lloyd Sam in the face as the ball was passed down field. It looks as if Asad intentionally raised his elbow up towards Sam's face to try and get around him. He was called for a foul at the time, but no card was given.
That's dirty. pic.twitter.com/PvI6yHa6j8— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 30, 2017
Asad was involved in a similar incident against Toronto F.C. that didn't seem as bad at the time, but now, a trend seems to be appearing. Asad elbowed Steven Beitashour while also attempting to move around him, and he received a red card. MLS reviewed the incident after the game, upheld the card, but did not discipline Asad further.
With Asad out on Sunday, Atlanta United will have even fewer players available. Their striker, Josef Martinez, has been out since March with a quad injury he suffered during international competition. Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz missed last week's game, but should be back on Sunday, which helps.
Asad, 22, has two yellow cards and one red this season. He has two goals in seven appearances this season.
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