CHICAGO (April 13, 2021) – The National Women’s Soccer League’s Disciplinary Committee has made the following decisions after review of recent incidents during league matches.
After extensive review of the incident involving Kansas City forward Kristen Edmonds that occurred in the 90th +1 minute of the Friday, April 9th, 2021 match against Portland Thorns FC, the committee has determined Edmonds has committed unsportsmanlike conduct in violation of Section 12.3.6, “Major Game Misconduct” of the League Operations Manual. An automatic fine and one-game suspension has been issued and the committee has sanctioned an additional one-game suspension to Edmonds. The first suspension shall be served on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, and the second will be served on Monday, April 26, 2021. The disciplinary sanction may not be appealed.
Portland Thorns FC appealed the red card issued to forward Morgan Weaver which occurred in the 90th + 1 minute of the Friday, April 9th, 2021 match against Kansas City. The club’s appeal was successful after review by the league’s Independent Review Panel, and all disciplinary actions have been rescinded.
After review of an incident involving Racing Louisville FC forward Jorian Baucom that occurred in the 83rd minute of the Saturday, April 10, 2021 match against the Orlando Pride, the disciplinary committee has determined Baucom has committed misconduct in violation of Section 12.3.6, “Major Game Misconduct” of the League Operations Manual. As a result, she has been issued a one-game suspension to be served on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The disciplinary sanction may not be appealed.
Additionally, the league has issued fines to Portland for defender Meghan Klingenberg’s comments during a post-game press conference and a social media post which were determined in violation of Section 12.1.4 (e) “Prejudicial Statements and Public Criticism” of the League Operations Manual. NJ/NY Gotham FC and the Chicago Red Stars have also each received a fine for violation of a league directive.