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Colorado Rapids Lose Riley And See Burling Fined

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The always transparent MLS Disciplinary Committee throws its weight around and smacks the Rapids.

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Ouch.

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee levied some heavy penalties at the Colorado Rapids for actions in their match against Philadelphia Union this past Saturday.  Here are the details:

Bobby Burling was fined an undisclosed amount for 'failure to leave the field in an orderly manner' after receiving his 68th minute Red Card.

In addition, new Rapids signing James Riley was suspended one match for 'serious foul play' in the 81st minute.  This means that Riley will miss the first home match of the season against New York City FC.

Also, the Rapids were warned for 'Mass Confrontation' in the seventh minute of stoppage time in the second half.  Which is laughable as a whole as MLS normally does not care at all about this.  Perhaps this is a new focus for them.

At the end of the day, this does not really change a whole lot.  Burling was not going to play next weekend regardless and Riley may or not have played.  But at this point it does leave the backline a bit thin going into the NYCFC match.  I have to think that Marc Burch, Axel Sjoberg, Shane O'Neill and Michael Harrington are the back four for the home opener.

What do you think Rapids fans?  Let us know in the comment section below!