U.S. Soccer

U.S. Open Cup Discipline Panel Suspends Miami Nacional, Decides Two Other Matters

CHICAGO (Nov. 30, 2017) – The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel has suspended club Miami Nacional SC (National Soccer League/U.S. Specialty Sports Association) of Miami Gardens, Fla., from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the 2019 competition and fined the club an undisclosed amount. The decision was made following a review of the team’s actions during its 2018 Second Qualifying Round match on Oct. 22 against American Premier Soccer League (Florida State Soccer Association/U.S. Adult Soccer Association) side Red Force FC.

The Panel found that Miami Nacional SC abandoned the game shortly before halftime with a penalty kick called against it while already down 4-0. Manager/team president Gaston Basulto, who entered the field of play shortly after the penalty call and was ultimately dismissed by the referee for irresponsible behavior (which by itself carries a one-game suspension), then directed his team to leave the field prior to the penalty being taken.

Pending payment of the fine, Miami Nacional SC will next be eligible to participate in the tournament in the fall of 2019 during qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open Cup.

In other matters, the Adjudication and Discipline Panel also determined that Sporting Kansas City player Diego Rubio kicked New York Red Bulls player Felipe Martins when the referee’s back was turned during the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final. The Panel issued a one-game suspension to Rubio.

Finally, the Panel determined that during the 2018 Open Cup Second Qualifying Round match between Cal Victory FC and Davis Legacy on Oct. 22, after Cal Victory FC player Jesus Quintero was issued a red card and dismissed from the game, Quintero deliberately stepped on the referee’s feet as he was leaving the field. Quintero was issued an additional five-game suspension for making deliberate contact with the referee.

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