- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Yet again, D.C. United will be without one of its star players for a crucial game because of discipline problems.
United's star defender, Milton Reyes, will have to sit out United's game against the Columbus Crew on Sunday at RFK Stadium due to the accumulation of yellow cards. Last week United (2-5) had to play without suspended midfielder Marco Etcheverry and defender Ivan McKinley, and lost 3-0 to the Chicago Fire at RFK.
Reyes received two yellow cards in the game at Dallas on April 6 and was ejected. The Honduran was suspended for the next game and then picked up two yellow cards in his next two games. Three consecutive yellow cards equals a suspension under league rules.
United officials say Reyes had been punished enough and that his suspension following the Dallas game canceled out his previous cautions.
"We're saying he was suspended all ready for those yellow cards," said team spokesman Doug Hicks. "[Major League Soccer is] saying he was suspended for the second yellow card in the Dallas game but the first card in that game still counts towards the caution points."
Ivan Gazidis, MLS's deputy commissioner, said even though it appeared unfair, if Reyes was allowed to play on Sunday it would be "out-of-step" with the policy used by other countries.
"However you look at it, he [Reyes] has five yellow cards in three games, which means he needs to look at himself," Gazidis said.
United players have accumulated 25 yellow cards and three red cards this season in just seven games, by far the most in the league. The MetroStars are second with 17 yellow cards and three red cards.
John Haydon



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