U.S. Soccer has filed a protest against the cards issued to Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood during the men’s national team’s 2–1 win over Ecuador in Friday’s Copa America quarterfinal.
Early in the second half, Jones earned a red card for striking Ecuador’s Michael Arroyo in the face with a left hand, right in front of an official, which means he’ll be suspended for the team’s semifinal match against either Argentina or Venezuela.
Wood and Alejandro Bedoya were shown yellow cards in the match, meaning that they, too, will be held out of the team’s next match due to the tournament’s card accumulation rules. U.S. Soccer will not protest Bedoya’s card.
– Kenny Ducey