By Annie Ross

When the Union signed Marco Fabian last offseason, expectations were high for the Mexico World Cup star.

But so far he hasn’t done much to get Philly going this MLS season.

A week after tussling with longtime U.S. national team captain Michael Bradley in a 3-1, season-opening home loss to Toronto FC, Fabian was issued a straight red card in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat in Kansas City.

The incident in question occurred in the 58th minute. Initially, it appeared that Scottish midfielder Johnny Russell had fouled Fabian just outside his own penalty area.

But the video assistant referee quickly alerted center ref Chris Penso to a more serious infraction. Indeed, replays showed that Fabian stomped on Russell’s midsection as he landed:

Before he was sent to the showers inside Children’s Mercy Park, Fabian missed a penalty just before halftime that would’ve sent the teams into the break knotted at a goal apiece:

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According to noted soccer stats guru Paul Carr, it marked the first time in six seasons that an MLS player missed a spot kick and got sent off in the same game:
Fabian, 29, signed with Philly after scoring eight goals in 44 Bundesliga games with Eintracht Frankfurt from 2014-19. He has 42 caps for Mexico, and represented El Tri at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.