CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will need to make do without head coach Bruce Arena for their match against Chivas USA on Sunday.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended Arena one game for leaving the technical area during second stoppage time of LA's 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers after Robbie Keane's goal was negated by Assistant Referee Eric Boria for offside. Per league policy, leaving the technical area is an automatic one game suspension, which means that Arena will not be allowed on the sideline or in the locker room during Sunday's SuperClasico.
With Arena suspended, it is likely that his second in command, associate head coach Dave Sarachan will lead the Galaxy on Sunday. Following training, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena declined to really address the suspension.
"I really have no comment. I'm going to save that for my book," said Arena. "Really, the best thing is to say no comment at this point. You should look at it yourselves and make your own decisions. ... There will be a time and place for me to discuss [the suspension] with the right people. My view is that these [suspensions] are never personal. They shouldn't be. It's just a matter of talking it out. Listen, to the letter of the law, who can argue? But we'll leave it at that. ... The story of this game is going to be Galaxy against Chivas, that's where my focus is."
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