Coach Ben Olsen on hand for D.C. United-Toronto FC clash at RFK

Ben Olsen’s automatic one-game suspension has been rescinded. Photo: Ben Olsen (Credit D.C. United)

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2013 — D.C. United coach Ben Olsen will be on the sidelines for United’s game against the visiting Toronto FC on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Friday that Olsen’s automatic one-game suspension and fine from last Saturday’s ejection has been rescinded. Olsen and Montreal Impact coach Marco Schallibaum were both sent off in the 76th minute of United’s 2-1 loss to the Impact’s Stade Saputo on Aug. 17. While Olsen got a pass, Garber suspended Schallibaum one additional game and issued him an additional fine of $5,000 for his repeated misbehavior. He has been dismissed by a referee in three games this season and suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for entering the field of play on another occasion.

United (3-17-4, 13 points) is seven points behind Toronto (4-12-8) at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Toronto beat United 2-1 at RFK on June 15.

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In other United news: D.C. United’s game at Toronto FC on Saturday Sept. 28, will be streamed live by the digital platform Monumental Network. Coverage of the game is set to begin at 1p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Monumental Network, who will carry our game versus Toronto FC on Sept. 28 and make it digitally accessible to our fans,” said D.C. United Chief Operating Officer Michael Williamson. “The live stream of the match highlights the Network’s commitment to soccer programming, and we look forward to furthering our relationship with them.”

Monumental Network has been streaming all home games for the WNBA team Washington Mystics. This is the first live soccer broadcast to be streamed by the network.

The broadcast will be led by play-by-play broadcaster Dave Johnson.

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John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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