Obafemi will be on the pitch Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps. With that news, Seattle gives referee Ricardo Salazar a big middle finger.
Why have I hurt you again, NASORB. You’re my favorite blog to write for — don’t note that you’re really the only one I write for, but once again I let other stuff get in the way of informing you of what’s going on in SounderLand. I’m sorry.
Now that my apology is out of the way, I’m going to correct myself and get right back to work with a bit of totally unexpected good news on this Wednesday afternoon.
This is Obafemi Martins. He’s one hell of a soccer player and his impact on for Seattle Sounders FC has already been felt only two months in (four goals in only seven appearances).
This is a “challenge” that Martins was involved in on the weekend at Chivas USA in which “referee” Ricardo Salazar showed the Nigerian national a straight red card. Salazar, who is hands-down the most hated ref not only in Seattle, but in the whole of MLS has now shown a Sounders player a red card five times in the last five matches he has handled. He is a poor quality ref who lets his personal feelings get in the way of calling a match. Martins was said to have purposefully put his boot into the face of Chivas player Gabriel Farfan. This is simply not the case — no other explanation needed.
The red card though did mean that Martins would have to miss Saturday’s Cascadia Cup home opener against Vancouver, leaving the Rave Green with a pathetic depth of attacking players due to international call-ups, injuries and the suspension.
But then a saving grace came down from the MLS gods, an announcement we all knew should be done but weren’t sure MLS would have the nerve to do. Martins red card was rescinded, making him available to play on the weekend.
It’s surprising to see the change, due to the fact that MLS tends to protect and agree with the officials decision on the field, even when the wrong call is clearly made. Sounders manager Sigi Schmid didn’t have much to say about the change in Oba’s card, although you’d think he’s much happier now knowing he has his goal-scoring threat available.
As far as the match goes, we’ll have a full preview up later this week, including line-up projections and keys to a victory.
In the meantime, here’s some other Sounders news and notes.
• Brad Evans had a stellar performance at right back for the USMNT in their 4-3 victory against Germany.
• I am in a contest to win a couple tickets for the USMNT match June 11 at CenturyLink Field against Panama. If you’d be so nice, have a look at my post and comment on it if you’d like. </EndBeggingAndPleading>