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Austin FC's Cecilio Dominguez returns after 5-game suspension and investigation

Austin FC's Cecilio Dominguez was suspended from MLS for five games during an investigation into possible "off-field misconduct." (Austin FC/Twitter)

Major League Soccer reinstated Cecilio Dominguez back into the Austin FC squad Wednesday evening after a month-long suspension and investigation into a domestic violence call with the Austin Police Department.

The Designated Player was suspended from the club's roster after Austin FC told the league about "alleged verbal and emotional abuse" toward his ex-partner on April 8. Less than a day earlier, Austin Police Department officers were called to Dominguez's ex-partner's residence due to a domestic dispute.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Dominguez "was advised to not come back to the home as a result of report of family abuse" but that no charges were filed against him. The star player was not arrested and no further action was taken. In the report, the alleged victim said that the two are no longer together and live separately, although Dominguez will continue to support her family.

After an external investigative firm thoroughly examined the incident, MLS said it has reinstated Dominguez "subject to his participation in ongoing counseling."

"MLS thanks the Austin Police Department and Victim Services and Austin FC for their support and cooperation in this matter," the league said.

Dominguez will return to the Verde roster after missing five matches. The club has won all four MLS games in his absence and currently sits at No. 2 in the MLS West.

Dominguez, who was Austin FC's second-highest-paid player last season under the highly coveted Designated Player status, has scored two goals and started in four of his five matches played this season. The forward was also tied with Diego Fagundez as Austin's top goalscorer last season.

Dominguez will return to the pitch in the club's upcoming home match against No. 3 LA Galaxy at Q2 Stadium on Sunday.


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