Merritt Paulson probably wasn’t smiling after Friday’s news. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has been fined by Major League Soccer — again.
And this time it was a substantial amount.
Paulson was fined $100,000 by the league for misconduct directed at match officials on the field following the his team’s 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution Wednesday.
MLS usually does not announce the amount of fines. Perhaps the league wanted to make a statement about Paulson’s post-game actions.
The MLS disciplinary committee also found the Timbers in violation of the mass confrontation policy following their match against New England. Portland has violated. the mass confrontation policy for a third time this season. The organization and head coach Giovanni Savarese have been issued undisclosed fines for their actions.
The Timbers (13-13-6, 45 points), who are in sixth place in the Western Conference, is trying to clinch an MLS Cup Playoff berth with two matches remaining in the regular season.
Portland plays at Sporting Kansas City Sunday before welcoming the San Jose Earthquakes in its regular-season finale Sunday, Oct. 6.