UPDATE 3:16 p.m. — Sorry I wasn’t able to get to this when it broke, but Osvaldo Alonso has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for the tackle posted above. The committee deemed he “left his feet, showed his studs and used excessive force” in the 82nd minute Wednesday against Columbus Crew midfielder Cole Grossman.
Alonso will be eligible to play in the U.S. Open Cup during the suspension. He is the fifth Sounder that’s faced retroactive discipline this season (Alvaro Fernandez for embellishment, Eddie Johnson for a gesture, Zach Scott/Leo Gonzalez for dangerous tackles).
I have a 2 p.m. meeting this afternoon in the office, so I’ll have to make this quick. Here are some notes from Friday’s practice at Starfire; the team takes off for Los Angeles later today for Saturday’s road game at Chivas USA.
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— One player that won’t make the trip is Osvaldo Alonso. Coach Sigi Schmid informed us that the midfielder has been suspended for Saturday’s game. A league release is expected later this afternoon that will offer the full extent of Alonso’s punishment, likely with a video clip of the play.
— Also not available for the Sounders will be Adam Johansson (suffered a hamstring injury Wednesday vs. Columbus, Leo Gonzalez (who’s not quite ready to return from the quad injury) and Patrick Ianni (who won’t be back from the back problem until June 16, at the very earliest).
— That’s a pretty decimated back line, but Schmid said the team has options. “There are guys who can play on an as-needed basis.” He specifically mentioned Brad Evans, Roger Levesque and Andy Rose.
— Fatigue wasn’t a excuse Schmid was going to use. He just said the team hasn’t been playing well. “I’d rather start strong, go on a little bit of a depressing streak in the middle and then finish strong, than do it the other way around,” Schmid said.
— I’ll have more from our chat with owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer on the blog later today. He chatted about the Open Cup, specifically buying the hosting rights from Atlanta. He said his loyalties are to his team and doing whatever he can to minimize travel and improve its chances of winning. I tweeted a couple highlights earlier today, as well.