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September 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Mike Fucito needs stitches, expected to be OK for next game

fucito mug.jpgI must admit, I missed the play.

Late in Sounders FC’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal against FC Dallas, I was wrapping up an early version of my game story, so I didn’t see Daniel Hernandez swing his arm into Mike Fucito‘s face while shielding the ball. The contact produced cuts above and below the Seattle forward’s eye, resulting in lots of blood.

Hernandez went unpunished for the strike, but did get a red card after the game for abusive language. The Sounders were clearly upset afterward and I wonder if U.S. Soccer/MLS could levy some punitive measures retroactively upon review.

Here are some pictures of Fucito immediately afterward and I must admit, they’re a little graphic, so viewer discretion is advised:

SoundersPhotos.com

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Steven Bisig Photography

The Sounders are taking the next few days off, but I have been in contact with a source close to Fucito who said the forward needed 8 or 9 stitches to repair the gash below his eye. The cut above the eye did not need stitches. Fucito also had a hefty bruise from a heavy challenge by Ugo Ihemelu earlier in the half.

Despite the damage, “he’ll be good to go by the time the RSL game comes around on the 10th,” the source said.

Certainly good news after what was an ugly scene. I’ll get another update when the Sounders return to training next week.

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