As expected, Sounders FC played Babayele Sodade on the disabled list Tuesday evening. The rookie forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while serving with the Canadian Olympic qualifying team. It happened in a March 24 game against the United States, which Canada won 2-0.
Sodade won’t count toward Seattle’s 30-man roster while on the DL. He likely has a off-budget contract that doesn’t count toward the salary cap.
The news release from the team didn’t mention surgery, and judging from what I saw at Tuesday’s training, it doesn’t look like Sodade has had it yet. It’s expected that he will soon.
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— Don’t forget: Toronto FC takes on Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the second leg of a CCL semifinal in Torreon. The series is tied 1-1 and TFC is confident.
— The ever-improving Steve Zakuani is getting more interview requests now that he’s getting closer to his return. He was on 950 KJR-AM on Tuesday.
— Coach Sigi Schmid wrote a blog post about Saturday’s loss and the upcoming D.C. trip.
— You might recognize some names in the Husky men’s soccer alumni game.
— Here’s more from the local fan that got to play with the Sounders for a bit.
— The MLS came down with retroactive discipline for four players Tuesday. Suspension were given to Vancouver’s Atiba Harris for throwing an elbow, FC Dallas’ Jair Benitez for the same offense and D.C. United’s Brandon McDonald for a dangerous tackle. D.C. United’s Danny Cruz was fined for embellishing contact in the Benitez incident.
— I wouldn’t have been surprised if Sounders FC’s Osvaldo Alonso was included in the report, but he wasn’t. Steve Davis talks to an MLS executive about that.
— Portland and Montreal are the latest to join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
— Here’s an interesting new venture called XI Quarterly. Appears like it’d be worth a look if it gets going.
— In some UEFA Champions League action, Barcelona and Bayern Munich advanced to the semifinals. Leo Messi scored twice on penalty kick for Barca and once rumored Sounders’ target Ivica Olic added two for the German side.
— Lastly, Kasey Keller was a guest on the Capital Soccer Show to preview the D.C. United game. His segment starts at 35:40.