Over the past couple of weeks, Sounders defender Jeff Parke has publicly complained about playing time, and Marc Burch provided what could have been bulletin-board material for a Sounders opponent.
Some fans seemed to enjoy it.
The media, of course, had no complaints.
But what about coach Sigi Schmid?
“(It’s important) that our guys are not giving away things in the press,” Schmid said. “... If it ends up being locker room material for the other side, yeah, you don’t want guys necessarily to do that. But on the same token, I want to feel when they’re talking to the press that they’re confident. I don’t ever want to sense somehow that they had fear – and I don’t think necessarily anything in Burch’s comments made me feel that way.”
In the days leading up to the Sounders game at D.C. United, Burch voiced complaints about his release from that team after five seasons, and said he hoped to show that he is better than current D.C. left back Daniel Woolard.
When game time rolled around, Burch was on the bench. And he stayed there until the final seconds, when he was sent on and missed a header that could have won the game.
Burch said he was confident that his words and his first nonstart of the season were not related.
“I think it was based off how training was going, the last game, and how Leo (Gonzalez) has been doing – a bunch of factors,” Burch said. “But I don’t think it had anything to do with what I say. (Schmid) didn’t even bring it up, and I don’t think he would.”
Things went the other way for Parke, who has played the last 135 minutes after spending the first three games on the bench. However, he thinks that had less to do with his comments than with a pelvis injury to fellow central defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
“I don’t know if (Schmid) had much of a choice though, because Kennedy got hurt, and I’m the only guy right there,” Parke said. “I think it was just kind of fortunate, and he’s probably just shaking his head a little bit.”
Midfielder Mauro Rosales (knee) and defender Adam Johansson (hamstring) both trained with the Sounders on Tuesday. Schmid said their status for the Saturday home match against Colorado will be determined by how they feel today. Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan has decided against speaking to the media in advance of his visit to Seattle this weekend. Mullan is the player whose reckless tackle fractured Steve Zakuani’s right tibia and fibula during a game in Colorado on April 22, an injury from which he is still recovering. “Brian is focused on helping the Rapids earn three points this Saturday in Seattle, and will be available to speak with reporters after the game,” said David Linholm, Rapids director of media relations. “He remains deeply regretful of the incident which broke Steve Zakuani’s leg last season.” The game will mark Mullan’s first appearance in Seattle since the incident.