Another week into the MLS season, and Seattle Sounders FC isn’t much closer to getting its first XI lineup on the pitch.
The Sounders might even lose ground before they take to the field Wednesday in Kansas against Sporting Kansas City.
Seattle expects the return of defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and maybe defender Marc Burch. But forward Obafemi Martins and midfielders Shalrie Joseph and Steve Zakuani aren’t expected yet.
“We want to get Martins where when he returns he’s able to return and stay,” coach Sigi Schmid said Monday.
“We don’t want to push him out there for a game and then lose him again for two or three. … I want to get him out there and keep him out there.”
Meanwhile, the Sounders are certain to will lose the services of forward Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin, who received red cards in separate incidents late in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Philadelphia.
When asked what he thought of those red cards, Schmid walked the middle ground:
On Neagle’s red card for fighting with Sheanon Williams: “It was very difficult for Lamar because I thought Sheanon was the aggressor in that situation. I think Lamar reacted defensively at first. When a guy goes face-to-face with you, it’s tough. … Lamar pushed his face away, so then when other people look at that then they think Lamar is the aggressor there.
“At the end of the day, because they couldn’t make a decision, they made the decision that usually gets made, which is to throw both of them out.”
On Yedlin’s red card for a reckless tackle: “I don’t think he came from behind — I thought it was from the side — but he was late on the tackle and the referee decided to put in a red card. … I don’t think we can argue them or complain or say, ‘Well, we got jobbed’ … but I don’t think it’s a situation of us losing control either.
“I think DeAndre is a young player who needs to control his emotions in that situation.”
The Major League Soccer players union made its annual release of salary information Monday. The highest-paid Sounders player is Martins, who receives total compensation of $1.7 million. The highest-paid player in MLS is Thierry Henry of New York, whose total compensation is $4.35 million. Complete lists are available at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer. … The first MLS transfer window of the year closed Monday without any moves by the Sounders. The secondary MLS transfer window runs July 9-Aug. 8. MLS rosters freeze Sept. 13.blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer