Kreis, who took exception with an inexperienced referee calling a sold-out match between the league's top two teams, said the card was undeserved.
"I just watched the replay because I wanted to come in [to the postgame press conference] with facts, not opinions, of what I saw or what I think I saw," Kreis said immediately after Saturday's loss. "It's a poor decision, an extremely poor decision against us. [Wingert] barely touches the player and he falls down."
Wingert would have missed the game against the Red Bulls regardless, due to yellow card accumulation after picking up a caution for a collision with Kei Kamara less than a minute into the match. But because he was shown a second card, Wingert will serve a one-game suspension and will be placed on caution for accumulation once again when he returns. The veteran defender would have to play three games without a card to earn a "good behavior" incentive and move two cautions away from suspension.
Wingert's suspension leaves RSL with just two outside backs Lovel Palmer and Abdoulie Mansally available for Saturday's match on the East Coast, as right back Tony Beltran remains with the U.S. national team for the remainder of Gold Cup play.
RSL at Red Bulls
P Saturday, 5 p.m.
TV • Ch. 4