UPDATE 12:46 p.m. — Here was Martins’ explanation for his reaction, which he gave to reporters after Wednesday’s practice:
“I just got angry with the fact that I didn’t do much in the game, so I got angry that they pulled me out. I’m not thinking of getting angry to the manager. I’m just thinking of getting angry to myself that I’ve not been doing my best in the game. So that’s it.”
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There was a moment in Sounders FC’s 1-1 road tie Saturday that caught people’s attention. It came in the 82nd minute, when Obafemi Martins was subbed out of the game and Marc Burch came in.
Martins was visibly upset to be coming out and made a point of avoiding coach Sigi Schmid as he walked toward the bench.
I pointed it out on Twitter when it happened and some readers/followers wondered if it was a reflection of something deeper.
As such, I asked Schmid about Martins’ reaction after Tuesday’s practice.
“It’s an emotional game,” he said. “Emotional players are emotional. That’s what you expect. Nobody is going to be happy when they come off the field. Oba and myself have talked about the situation, and he acknowledged the player going in for him, which I think is very, very important. I get really upset if they don’t do that. But he acknowledged the player that went in for him and he was frustrated. He was upset at being subbed out. It wasn’t where he was trying to show the world that he was upset with the coach. It was just something where he was frustrated coming out of the game because he’s a competitor. That’s what you expect all your players to be. There is maybe decorum and diplomacy and shaking the hands and all of that stuff, but in the game, for me to turn that into a confrontation I think is silly and stupid. I’ve coached too long to do that. I understand. If I feel the player has a bad intention or there is something not good there, then we deal with it. But I didn’t think that was the case, and we spoke about it today.”
Schmid, as a follow up, was asked if he thinks everything had been worked out, he said: “Yeah, yeah. We’re fine.”