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Galaxy's Hernandez is one of two players suspended for tournament misconduct.

CHICAGO (Tuesday, September 26, 2000) -- The U.S. Open Cup disciplinary committee, in conjunction with Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues announced today that striker Luis Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) and defender Adam Cohen of the Tennessee Rhythm (A-League) have been suspended as a result of their actions during this year’s Open Cup.

Hernandez's suspension, which is for all 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games, would reach a maximum of five games should the Galaxy advance to the tournament final. He was judged to have intentionally kicked Chicago Fire midfielder Peter Nowak in the face near the conclusion of the Fire's semifinal victory over the Galaxy on August 23 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. In addition, Hernandez was also fined and undisclosed amount.

Cohen has been handed a six-game suspension following his actions towards U.S. Soccer referee Kevin Terry in the Rhythm's, 3-0, third-round loss to the Dallas Burn on June 14. Cohen's suspension will cause him to miss the first six games of the 2001 regular season.

"Both of these infractions were clear transgressions to the spirit of ‘fair play’ in which all U.S. Soccer competitions are held," said United States Soccer Federation secretary general Dan Flynn. "U.S. Soccer is in complete agreement with the sanctions imposed by Major League Soccer, United Soccer Leagues and the U.S. Open Cup disciplinary committee, and as such, no further action will be taken."

The 2000 U.S. Open Cup championship game between MLS’s Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion is set for October 21 Soldier Field in Chicago at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised live on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Espanol.

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