Ultimate Guide to MLS Weekend: Red Card Issue Can Be Fixed by Adjustments

The one issue that has plagued Major League Soccer during the first five weeks of the season has been the enforcement of red cards. 

In the 42 matches played across the league since March 6, 16 ejections have been delivered by 13 different referees. 

The concern about the presumed growing number of red cards throughout the United States and Canada came to the forefront again after four players were sent off during Week 5. 

During a conference call with the media on Thursday afternoon, Professional Referees Organization general manager Peter Walton tried to clear things up regarding the increased criticism of officials. 

“Nothing has changed in law," Walton said. "Nothing has changed in the way PRO wants the game to be played and administered. What has changed is our referees are much more consistent in the application of the law we want them to apply." 

While the quality on the pitch...

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