Two members of the United States national soccer team received further discipline from Concacaf on Friday stemming from the fallout in the heated Concacaf Nations League semifinal matchup of the US against Mexico.
Midfielder Weston McKennie and right-back Sergiño Dest were assessed three-match and two-match suspensions, respectively, after both players were given red cards and automatic one-match bans. suspension for separate confrontations with Mexican players.
The violations forced McKennie and Dest to watch on the sidelines as the US continued to repeat as Nations League champions with a win over Canada on June 18. Dest was scheduled to compete.
Although not part of the Gold Cup, the tournament will reportedly count against McKennie and Dest’s suspensions, per The Athletic.
The USMNT’s Nation League final victory followed a controversial encounter with Mexico that saw each team receive two red cards before the game was stopped after anti-LGBTQ chants from the crowd.
During the match, McKennie was sent off by the officials in the 71st minute after a clash with defender Cesar Montes after he kicked American Folarin Balogun. Dest was later sent off in the 86th minute after a play on defender Gerardo Arteaga.
Apart from McKennie and Dest, Concacaf also suspended Montes and Arteaga for two games.