PEORIA, Ariz. (Thursday, June 26, 2014) — Arizona United Soccer Club has been informed by USL PRO that the team used of an “Ineligible Player” in its June 21 match against the LA Galaxy II.
Arizona United SC midfielder Joey Dillon received his fifth yellow card on June 11. At the team’s direction, Dillon sat out of Arizona United SC’s next match on June 14 vs. Rochester. USL PRO rules dictate that a player receiving his fifth yellow card must serve his one game suspension after a seven day waiting period. The league had designated Arizona United’s match on June 21 as the game for Dillon to serve his suspension.
Due to a misinterpretation of the rules, Dillon played in the June 21 match — a violation of Rule 808 — which resulted in a penalty handed down by USL PRO.
“We’re disappointed. Everyone is,” Arizona United Soccer Club GM Kevin Stevenson said. “It’s a unique rule and unfortunately we misinterpreted it. However, we’ll learn from it and continue our pursuit of the playoffs.”
In totality Arizona United SC will be deducted two points:
* One point deducted for Dillion playing a game for which he was not eligible
* One point deducted for the points the team earned in which an ineligible played participated, a 1-1 draw versus L.A. Galaxy II on June 21.
Arizona United SC was also fined an undisclosed monetary fee.