Sporting KC’s Tim Melia suspended for Wednesday’s game, but ‘The Rock’ noticed his move

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Sporting Kansas City will be without starting goalkeeper Tim Melia for Wednesday evening’s game against the L.A. Galaxy after being handed a one-match league suspension for his pro wrestling-style takedown of a Seattle Sounders player last Saturday.

The suspension comes after Major League Soccer found Melia guilty of violent conduct during Sporting KC’s 2-1 win at Seattle. Melia slammed Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan to the turf in a goal-mouth scramble.

The incident caught the attention of WWE superstar-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In a Twitter post this week, Johnson identified Melia’s takedown of Roldan as a “Rock Bottom” — a move that Johnson made famous during his wrestling career.

Backup goalkeepers John Pulskamp and Kendall McIntosh were the two players most likely to replace Melia in Wednesday night’s SKC lineup. Pulskamp featured in five games for Sporting KC at the start of the season as Melia worked his way back from an injury, posting a 2-2-1 record with a 1.4 goals-against average.

With a win Wednesday, Sporting KC would assume the the top spot in the Western Conference based on goal differential with a game in hand over Seattle.

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