Minnesota United midfielder Ibson has received a Good Behavior Incentive reduction to his yellow card total following the match against Philadelphia Union this weekend. After five matches on the brink of suspension, the Brazilian midfielder can breathe easy as the Loons head to Vancouver.
But what is the Good Behavior Incentive?
According to the MLS Competition Guidelines:
“If a player appears in five consecutive matches without receiving a card or supplemental discipline, that player will have one caution removed from his cumulative yellow card total. The Good Behavior Incentive can be applied a maximum of three times throughout the season.”
These reductions not only allow players to stay in their team’s lineup with fair play, it also helps them avoid fines from the league.
This will be the second time Ibson has received the Good Behavior Incentive, with his first reduction coming back in May, even though he only had one caution at the time. Other Loons including Brent Kallman and Jerome Thiesson have also benefitted from reductions to their card totals this season.
MNUFC hits the road for a week north of the border and a pair of matches against Canadian teams. First up is Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who will host the Loons on Wednesday, September 13 in a match that kicks off at 9:00 p.m. CT with coverage beginning on FOX9+ and MNUFC Radio on 1500 ESPN at 8:30 p.m.