Chivas USA continues to have its struggles in Major League Soccer. Not only are they one of just two teams yet to reach 20 points, the other being D.C. United, but head coach Jose Luis Real has seen five players receive red cards in the team’s last five games.
The stretch of ejections dates back to July 12 in a game against the Philadelphia Union in which Josue Soto was sent to the locker room for dissent in what would eventually be a 3-1 loss. Eric Avila was given the red in the first half of a July 17 game, and after a game that saw no ejections in Seattle, Carlos Bocanegra was sent off early in a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on August 3.
Gabriel Farfan and Tristan Bowen were both sent off in Chivas USA’s most recent game against the Colorado Rapids. Real’s squad held the lead for the majority of the game, but after losing two players to red cards, Colorado managed a late equalizer to force a 1-1 draw.
To the team’s credit, they announced in a press conference on Wednesday that any player sent off during a match would not only face the typical one-match ban, but disciplinary action from the club as well. Although no specific sort of action was described, it is clear that the plan is to improve the overall team’s performance with discipline.