Sounders FC FWD Nate Jaqua had three yellow cards going into Saturday, was given two and ejected with a red. So he is out for this weekend’s match.
Now, that would be five yellow cards in all, which would typically be a one-game suspension. But as it was explained to me, Jaqua remains at four yellows because the second is treated like a straight red card, so he will miss this game coming up and if he gets another caution, will miss another.
Rookie Michael Fucito made his practice debut with the team today after graduating from Harvard with his psychology degree. Fucito will get two weeks of trial, then the team must decide to either sign him or place him on waivers, which he would have to clear in order to be placed on the team’s college player protected list for one year. Here’s Fucito, the team’s fourth-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
Sounders FC did the same thing with third-round pick Jared Karkas, who got his two weeks with the team and then cleared waivers.
Best Sigi Schmid quote of the day, after he was asked about the accumulation of red cards for the team: “We can’t be taking red cards all the time, and so I guess we have to put on our angel wings or put on our clear white clothing and let them think that we’re pure and angelic in our play.”
Schmid said he had never been part of a team that took so many reds.
GK Terry Boss was working out with the team. Boss is the brother of New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss. He’s 27 years old and has been with the New York Red Bulls, USL-2 Charlotte Eagles and USL-1 Puerto Rico Islanders, and also played for the Puerto Rico national team.
New York waived Boss last month.
Osvaldo Alonso could start soccer training as soon as tomorrow, Schmid said. Peter Vagenas will have to see a physician later today about his ankle injury. The team trained with players from the PDL Seattle Wolves today at Starfire.