Chivas USA’s Lahoud fined and suspended

Chivas USA’s Michael Lahoud was recently fined and suspended for his part in a unsportsmanlike tackle against the Chicago Fire last week. The league’s disciplinary committee chose to suspend Lahoud for two games and fine him $500 for his reckless tackle on Justin Mapp. Mapp later left the game with a injury to his hamstring.

In the 13th minute challenge, Lahoud made contact with Mapp, and was issued a foul. He was not issued a card at that time. Lahoud was not issued a card, but the director of officials later said he should have been issued a red card.

Lahoud will serve his suspension during the May 5th match against New England and then the May 8th bout with Houston.

Also in the MLS, D.C. United coach Curt Onalfo was fined $1,000 and suspended two games for his behavior in a match with Dallas. He was ejected in the 32nd minute of the game for improper conduct. He will serve his suspension starting with their US Open Cup game on June 2nd against Real Salt Lake.

These suspensions come after Kheli Dube and Joseph Nikouy served a game suspension for the New England Revolution. The league committee has the full power to review any situation on the field, and issue a fine or suspension.

With five to seven games under the belt of most teams through Major League Soccer the New York Bulls lead the Eastern Conference, while the Los Angeles Galaxy are the top team in the Western Conference. New York is 5-1, while the Galaxy have yet to be upended; 5-0-1. D.C. United and FC Dallas have yet to win a game during the 2010 season, with both teams playing five games to this point.

Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy has been the best player in the league to this point in the season. Buddle leads in goals scored (9), shots (26), shots on goal (12), and game winning goals (5). His teammate Landon Donovan leads the league in assists, with 5, while two of them have come as game winners. The Galaxy lead the league in goals scored with 10 through six games, while the Wizards sit on the wrong side of the statistic, with five in just five games. This upcoming weekend sees seven games in the MLS, highlighted by the Galaxy at Seattle and New York at San Jose.