It was no secret to anyone watching the Sounders-Revolution opener in the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson.
That game was chippy.
It started early, and was elevated on a rash tackle by Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso on New England’s Chris Tierney, which you can see at the 0:41 mark in the highlight package from MLSsoccer.com above. Tierney reportedly suffered a sprained ankle.
“You want it to be emotional, you want guys to be game-like, but unfortunately one of the plays where Chris got hurt to me is not needed in any game, never mind preseason, professional soccer or Under-12 — it was just a bad play,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps in this video interview.
Later, New England’s Sainey Nyassi came in with a very dangerous tackle on Seattle defender Marc Burch, who took exception and shoved Nyassi a couple times (also seen above at 1:24). Both were sent off.
We’ll hear what Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid thought on the physical play in a conference call this afternoon.
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UPDATE 2:06 p.m. — Here is a quote from Schmid: “Sometimes games go that way. I always say, and I’ve said it to you guys before, games take on their own personality. I think there was an early tackle in the game from AJ Soares, where he kind of came through Mauro Rosales right at midfield there, and that was a little bit of a harsh tackle. Mauro was on the ground for a little bit of time, but he wasn’t hurt, and I think the game carried on from there. But it was just one of those games where that’s the way it went. It’s certainly not something we want to have happen that way. We took (Osvaldo Alonso) off the field at the point after his tackle, and obviously the last harsh tackle in the game was (Sainey) Nyassi’s.”