Apr 20, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC forward Johnny Russell (7) reacts after getting shoved to the ground by Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordi Reyna (29) during the first half at Children's Mercy Park. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports
The drama from Sporting Kansas City’s 6-0 win over Vancouver Friday night finally came to some kind of conclusion Wednesday. MLS announced both teams violated the league’s mass confrontation policy during their fracas last week.
In the 36th minute of what was already a 3-0 thrashing of the Whitecaps, a challenge near midfield left Sporting midfielder Roger Espinoza sprawled on the ground. Defender Kendall Waston stood over Espinoza, seemingly taunting him.
Johnny Russell, who had already scored two goals for Kansas City at that point, quickly inserted himself into the situation and laid hands on Waston. The situation spiraled out of control from there, with a crowd of players from both teams shoving and shouting at each other.
Both Efrain Juarez and Yordy Reyna were red-carded, leaving Vancouver two men down for the rest of the match.
All three of those Whitecaps players have been issued undisclosed fines Wednesday by MLS – Waston for his role in instigating the mass confrontation and Juarez and Reyna for failure to leave the field in an orderly manner.
Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson was also slapped with an undisclosed fine Wednesday, thanks to his team’s second mass confrontation policy violation of the season.
On the Kansas City side, it was Sporting’s first violation of the season, which meant the team was just issued a warning.