MLS fines LAFC’s Cherundolo $10,000 for snow game rant

LAFC coach Steve Cherundolo was fined $10,000 by Major League Soccer for complaining that last weekend’s game against Real Salt Lake was played amid snow and lightning.

The league, which handed down the decision Wednesday, said Cherundolo’s comments after Saturday’s 3-0 loss in Utah were in violation of the league’s public criticism policy.

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MLS cited a provision in its 2024 competition manual that states “public criticism” is “conduct that is detrimental to the public image and reputation of MLS and/or the club. Such behavior is subject to discipline by the commissioner or his designee.”

The start of the game in Sandy, Utah, was pushed back about two hours because of the weather and the match was stopped 3 1/2 minutes in and interrupted for about an hour because of lightning.

“It was not difficult conditions — impossible conditions,” Cherundolo said after the game. “An absolute joke that we had to play today. Not safe for the players. One of the worst professional sporting events I’ve ever seen in my life.

“I’m actually, I feel terrible for the players, we put them through this. Game could have been and should have been called many times beforehand. In my opinion, an absolute disgrace that we played today.”

Cherundolo, 45, is in his third season as LAFC’s coach and led it to the 2022 MLS title. His team lost to the Columbus Crew in the 2023 final.

A former defender, he played for Germany‘s Hannover from 1998 to 2014 and made 87 appearances for the United States, playing in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

LAFC hosts Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at BMO Stadium.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.