FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz was suspended one game and fined for violating MLS's policy on entering the field/leaving the bench area in Dallas' 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, the league announced Friday.
Diaz will miss the first leg of Dallas' Western Conference Semifinal against the Seattle Sounders.
The incident occurred in the 84th minute of Dallas' knockout round win over Vancouver when Diaz left the bench for a confrontation in the 84th minute. Diaz had been subbed out five minutes earlier.
The match ended somewhat controversially, as Dallas was awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute when a throw-in bounced off the hand of Vancouver defender Kendall Waston, even though Waston was trying to avoid the ball. Michel converted the ensuing kick to give Dallas the winning goal.
Diaz was a surprise starter Wednesday night, as he hadn't started for Dallas since Aug. 9 due to injuries. He injured his knee in April and returned in July before sustaining other injuries the following month.
Overall this season, Diaz has made 17 appearances and nine starts for Dallas, scoring three goals. He assisted on Dallas' first goal against the Whitecaps on Wednesday.
Dallas plays the Sounders at home in the first leg of their series on Sunday. The second leg is in Seattle on Nov. 10.
- Ben Estes