FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman isn’t complaining about the suspension that knocked forward Blas Perez out of Wednesday’s line-up.
But he wants to make sure the standards are equal for all MLS teams.
“What we’re saying is just treat everyone the same,” Hyndman said.
Hyndman thinks the retro-suspensions being handed this season by the MLS Disciplinary Committee are a byproduct of MLS owners telling the league to start protecting its players.
“Let’s talk about David Ferreira – a very expensive player who hasn’t played in a year,” Hyndman said.
Injuries to star players in 2011 for multiple MLS teams plus the additional focus in professional sports on concussions are likely the driving force behind the crackdown, Hyndman believes.
As for the incident in Vancouver that triggered Perez’ suspension, Hyndman said at the time it didn’t appear to be an issue. The referee didn’t call a foul and Vancouver players didn’t seem to be demanding a call.
“I think it probably was an elbow, but it didn’t seem like anybody made a big fuss about it on the field,” Hyndman said. “But the camera can slow things down. If there’s any type of potential intent, you’re going to get it.”
Hyndman said Perez was “visibly very disappointed” about the one-game suspension, but thinks he will be ready to go against Los Angeles on Saturday (9:30 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest Plus).
“He got his rest,” Hyndman said. “He should be much better against LA because he didn’t have to play this game.”