“I don’t agree with it but we have to live with it,” Curtin said at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. “It’s his first red card in his career, which says a lot about who is he is as a player.”
Curtin said the additional two-game suspension was appealed by the player’s union but upheld by the league.
Medunjanin was sent off in the 18th minute of the Atlanta United game on June 2 for arguing Alejandro Bedoya’s second yellow card. Bedoya was sent off for dissent following a penalty call on Auston Trusty. Referee Sorin Stoica handed Medunjanin two quick yellow cards in response to his outburst, which ended with him kicking the ball from the penalty spot into the stands. The Union lost the match 3-1.
Haris has played a pair of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games since while sitting out the 2-0 loss to Toronto FC on June 8. Bedoya will return to the lineup against Vancouver Whitecaps. Curtin said he’ll pair with Warren Creavalle in the midfield. Derrick Jones could also factor in if needed to close out the game, Curtin said.
“Warren Creavalle’s done a good job for us,” Curtin said.
Medunjanin should be the only regular starter unavailable for selection this weekend. CJ Sapong has returned to full training after battling an illness and reserve defender Josh Yaro is still in concussion protocol.
The Union travel to Los Angeles to play Los Angeles FC on June 30.