According to reports out of Colorado, Rapids coach Gary Smith had intended to bring midfielder Brian Mullan with the team to Seattle this weekend for Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at CenturyLink Field. Then Smith had a change of heart and opted to leave the veteran — who broke Steve Zakuani‘s leg in a careless sliding tackle on April 22 — home.
“It’s a purely personal feeling from my standpoint,” Smith told The Denver Post. “Brian says he has no serious physical problems, but his back has been an issue for a little while. I took that into consideration with three games in a week, and given what we’re probably going to encounter in Seattle, I think all in all it’s probably the right choice to keep him (out) until Wednesday and keep him nice and fresh.”
Also in the story, Smith said: “Brian’s desperate to be there and to play. He really wants to be part of it, which I totally understand, but there are some considerations with the amount of games, with one or two little (physical) niggles that he’s had. We are fully healthy, and I just felt it was the right decision — even at late notice — to keep him here.”
Smith also talked to MLSsoccer.com: “It’s totally my choice. Brian was adamant he wanted to go.”
I have reaction to the news from Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid and Adrian Hanauer after the jump, but what do you think? Sounder at Heart raises an interesting point that bringing Mullan to Seattle would’ve given both sides a sense of closure. Do you agree?
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“I don’t want to put myself in their shoes. That’s what my choice would have been. I think it was a more respectful decision, but again not a huge deal in my mind either way.” — Hanauer
“Obviously they’ve got to make the decision that’s appropriate for their team. I know he’s been struggling with a little bit of a back injury, and I know he hasn’t started the last couple of games, so maybe that decision’s the appropriate decision for where they’re at right now.” — Schmid