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Tenorio: Dallas fielded ineligible player. That could help land RSL in the playoffs

Any MLS decision could see RSL even closer to sneaking into the playoffs.

MLS: FC Dallas at Orlando City SC Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

MLS is a crazy, wild beast, and Saturday’s match pitting FC Dallas against Orlando City, which ended 0-0, may have featured even more craziness.

Let’s have Paul Tenorio, Four Four Two reporter, take it away.

OK. So. Yeah.

This is obviously a huge thing. To sum it up: Dallas, he claims, made a late lineup change, then they put that player into the match later on. It seems innocuous enough, but that’s a pretty big violation.

The FIFA disciplinary code states that matches involving ineligible players will be forfeited in the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Chapter II, Section 2).

If a player takes part in an official match despite being ineligible, his team will be sanctioned by forfeiting the match (cf. art. 31) and paying a minimum fine of CHF 6,000.

This one seems pretty clear cut, but this is MLS, and anything can happen.

If the match is forfeited, that’ll leave FC Dallas with 41 points, meaning if Real Salt Lake wins the final two matches of the season, they’d have to win their three to pass them in the playoff scenarios. Any such decision might not have quite the same impact in the Eastern Conference, as that would leave Orlando City SC two points behind New York Red Bulls having played one fewer game.

Let’s just anxiously await more news here.