Patrice Bernier Suspended One Game For Tackle Of Ryan Johnson

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 27: Patrice Bernier #8 of the Montreal Impact battle for the ball with Terry Dunfield #23 of the Toronto FC at the Saputo Stadium on June 27, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Toronto FC defeated the Impact 3-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his tackle on Ryan Johnson in the 94th minute of Wednesday's game. The MLS Disciplinary Committee ruled that it was "reckless" and "endangered the safety" of Johnson.

The challenge, itself, was not particularly harsh and Johnson was able to escape without serious injury, although Bernier was shown a yellow card. It would appear that the DC took into account the circumstances of the game, in which the Impact were trailing 3-0 in the waning moments.


Bernier has been among the Impact's best players during his first season in MLS. He has three goals and five assists, with all but one goal coming in the Impact's last five games.

Collen Warner would seem to be the most likely replacement for Bernier as the more defensive minded of the Impact's central midfielders. The Impact play D.C. United on Saturday.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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