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August 20, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Our first real bit of inner strife with Sounders FC

Now we’ve got a team, Seattle – no pro franchise is a pro franchise without some kind of controversy, and there really hadn’t been any as far as within the team that was public. Until now, perhaps.
First of all, commenter Bobby M from Issaquah is on to something. I haven’t seen any replays, but Fredy Montero was visibly unhappy about his yellow card after the game and expressed that. He felt he did no wrong.
“El lo que yo tengo entendido, cuando el portero tiene la pelota en una mano…pienso que una opcion valida. No se como lo interprete el arbitro.”
Translation: “The way I have it understood, when the keeper has the ball in one hand…I think it was a valid option. I don’t know how the ref interpreted it.”
Montero was carded for heading the ball out of Matt Reis’ hands. Or maybe it was hand.
In any case, he won’t play Sunday.
Montero was aware that he was out with the next yellow.
“I already had the document from MLS where they warned me that the next yellow, they would take away my next game,”
When you read the final game report, you will see that Sigi Schmid had designated another player to take the PK that Montero missed. Schmid would not name any names, but my initial thought, and of course this is pure speculation, was that Brad Evans might have been that guy.
“The designated person deferred and let him [Montero] hit it,” Schmid said.
Montero was not happy to be asked about taking the PK. He said indignantly that he is the top scorer on the team and that his teammates asked him if he wanted to take it.
At least Fredy hit some post. Freddie Ljungberg completely missed his PK against Columbus.
Schmid is going to light into the guys about the PK thing, he said. He was encouraged by Leo Gonzalez’s play, saying Gonzalez is getting more fit.

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