The Fire's appeal of the red card that Jeff Larentowicz received in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Impact in Montreal was not upheld, the league said in a statement on Wednesday.
A three-person independent review panel consisting of representatives from the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Professional Referees Organization reviews all red card appeals.
A red card can only be overturned by a unanimous vote. The league's statement specified that the vote was not unanimous, allowing reason to speculate that there was some dissent about the controversial call.
The referee had ruled that Larentowicz denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity. But replay clearly shows that Larentowicz attempted to avoid contact and raises questions as to whether Larentowicz committed a foul at all.
Larentowicz will be suspended for the Fire's next game.