FC Dallas faced a couple issues following Wednesday night's Knockout Round win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. None may be bigger than losing Mauro Diaz for a game due to an altercation involving the two sides on Wednesday night late in the match.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down a fine and a one game suspension to Diaz.
Diaz left the bench during a confrontation in the 84th minute, just moments after FC Dallas took the lead in the match on a controversial penalty kick. Diaz was subbed out of the match just minutes before and made the mistake of getting involved when he shouldn't have. Diaz received a yellow card for his involvement shortly after the altercation was broken up by the officials.
FC Dallas as a team also picked up a warning for violating the league's mass confrontation rule.
Now FC Dallas faces a fresh team without their main creative force in the midfield. But in some ways that may be a good thing as Diaz was never going to give FCD the full 90 on Sunday, especially on short rest. I would argue that a 4-4-2 from FCD will matchup better against Seattle anyways, similar to what we saw against Seattle last month when the two teams squared off.