MLS reduces 'misconduct' match ban of Cincinnati's Miazga

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The suspension of FC Cincinnati defender Matt Miazga has been reduced from three games to two, Major League Soccer said Friday.

Miazga, voted the league's top defender last season, was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount last November after entering the match officials' locker room following a game against the New York Red Bulls on Nov. 4.

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The league said the reduction comes after "a successful petition based on his continued commitment and compliance with a recommended treatment program overseen by MLS' Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program."

Miazga served the first game of his suspension against the Columbus Crew on Dec. 2, 2023, and will also miss a match Sunday against Toronto FC. He will be eligible to return against the Chicago Fire FC on March 2.