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Austin’s Dominguez suspended amid misconduct investigation

April 9, 2022 GMT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Major League Soccer suspended Austin forward Cecilio Dominguez on Friday as it investigates possible off-field misconduct that it didn’t disclose.

The league said it suspended Dominguez after receiving preliminary information gathered by the club. The move bars Dominguez from engaging in team activities while under investigation. The league statement said MLS officials would stay in touch with the club and the MLS Players Association during its investigation.

Team spokesman Ryan Madden said Austin FC would have no further comment Friday night.

Dominguez has been a key player for the club in its first two seasons. The 27-year-old Paraguayan was among the team’s first signings, joining the team from Argentina club Independiente as Austin’s first Designated Player. The league had just announced Thursday he had received his U.S. green card and would not longer occupy an international player roster spot.

Dominguez has nine career goals and four assists over two seasons. He has two goals this season as Austin heads into the weekend fourth in the Western Conference. Austin hosts Minnesota on Sunday.

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