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Gashi Suspended for Match against DC United

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The MLS Disciplinary Commitee has suspended Rapids attacker Shkelzen Gashi for this Sunday's clash at RFK against DC United.

Gashi hugging Pappa after his game-winner. After Gashi had been subbed off. Oops.
Gashi hugging Pappa after his game-winner. After Gashi had been subbed off. Oops.
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For one of the precious few matches the Rapids will have on national television this year, Sunday at 2pm MST on ESPN2, Colorado won't have their marquee attacking player Shkelzen Gashi on the field.

The newly imported scorer from FC Basel was handed a one-game suspension by MLS' discipline committee for running onto the field to celebrate Marco Pappa's 90+ minute game winner in the home opener against the LA Galaxy last Saturday.


Reactions on twitter mostly considered the MLS ban to be excessive.


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On the other hand, there's this:


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And here's the Denver Post's incriminating photo of Gashi doing the deed.


It's certainly a bummer for Rapids fans, and MLS fans everywhere that wanted to see if the left-footed Albanian with an Axpo Super League Golden Boot on his shelf could open his MLS account in the decrepit raccoon preserve quaint and historic RFK Stadium.

Is the punishment fair? Or is it idiotic? Can the Rapids replace Gashi and generate the needed offense that has been hard to muster so far?