United’s Dwayne De Rosario suspended 2 games

D.C. United forward Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for two

regular-season games by MLS for violent conduct in a preseason

game.

The league announced Friday that De Rosario also has been fined

an undisclosed amount for the head-butt foul on Philadelphia Union

midfielder Danny Cruz in the 60th minute of the preseason match on

Feb. 23. De Rosario was issued a red card for the foul.

The MLS Players Union appealed the decision on behalf of De

Rosario. MLS Commissioner Don Garber heard the appeal Thursday and

upheld the suspension.

The 2011 league MVP will miss United’s season opener against the

Houston Dynamo on Saturday and the March 9 match against Real Salt

Lake.