MLS rescinds Sounders player's red card after review

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SEATTLE — A red card issued Saturday to Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins has been rescinded by an independent review panel, MLS announced Wednesday.

Martins, who is tied for the team lead with four goals, will no longer be fined or face a one-game suspension, making him eligible for Saturday’s rivalry match against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Seattle had to appeal the red card issued by referee Ricardo Salazar – who has made several controversial calls against the Sounders – within 24 hours of Saturday’s 2-0 road win against Chivas USA. The decision was overturned by a review panel consisting of representatives from U.S. Soccer, the Canadian Soccer Association, and the Professional Referees Organization (PRO). Coach Sigi Schmid declined to comment much on Salazar’s initial call.

Surgery for Zakuani

Steve Zakuani, not far removed from a 15-month recovery for a broken leg, is set to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia type of injury, Schmid said. Details for when and where the surgery will take place will be determined this week.

NOTES

• Osvaldo Alonso has a slight tear in his thigh muscle and will miss Saturday’s game.

• Shalrie Joseph did not appeal an extra one-game suspension issued to him by the MLS Disciplinary Committee after he earned a red card May 26 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He will be unavailable against the Whitecaps.

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