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Friday, April 15, 2011
L.A.'s Donovan did not travel for Fire match

By Charlie Corr

The Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan did not travel with his team to Chicago as the Galaxy prepares for its match against the Fire on Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

While the Galaxy (2-1-3) has not officially ruled out Donovan for Sunday's game (he is questionable on this week's injury report with knee inflammation), the odds of the team pushing to bring him in over the weekend and see game-time action looks bleak at the moment. Donovan missed Wednesday's scoreless draw against Toronto FC and last Saturday's 1-1 draw against D.C. United.

L.A.'s roster is heavily depleted heading into Sunday's game.

Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was issued his fifth yellow card of the season this week and will subsequently miss this weekend's match. Juninho was booked twice on Wednesday and has to serve a one-game suspension. And the MLS Disciplinary Committee extended midfielder Jovan Kirovski's suspension to a second game for verbal abuse of an official following the April 9 match against D.C. United. Kirovski served a red card suspension Wednesday and now has to miss Sunday's game.

Carrasco suspended, fined for Nyarko hit: Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Servando Carrasco was suspended for one game and fined $500 for his reckless challenge against Fire midfielder and forward Patrick Nyarko last Saturday. Nyarko was dealt a blow to his shin in the 90th minute, and had to leave the match, which resulted in a 2-1 win for Seattle. The challenge was severe, but Nyarko only had a bad bruise and played during Chicago's 4-2 loss to the expansion Portland Timbers on Thursday.

Carrasco received a yellow card, but the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Friday that his challenge endangered Nyarko's safety -- a pretty obvious conclusion for anyone who watched the match and the replays. Carrasco will miss the Sounders' match against the Philadelphia Union this Saturday.