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MLS – Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders 0-1-VIDEO of Brian Mullan tackle on Steve Zakuani – UPDATE Brian Mullan suspended for 10 games

MLS – Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders 0-1-VIDEO of Brian Mullan tackle on Steve Zakuani – UPDATE Brian Mullan suspended for 10 games

After tackle by Brian Mullan, Seattke Sounders FC star Steve Zakuani has fractured right fibula and tibia and will undergo surgery. Millions of soccer fans prays and wishing speedy recovery for speedy Steve. PHOTO by Michael Pimentel / ISIPhotos.com

After tackle by Brian Mullan, Seattke Sounders FC star Steve Zakuani has fractured right fibula and tibia and will undergo surgery. Millions of soccer fans prays and wishing speedy recovery for speedy Steve. PHOTO by Michael Pimentel / ISIPhotos.com

UPDATE – NEW YORK (April 28, 2011) – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan for his tackle on Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani in the 3rd minute of the game on Friday, April 22. Mullan received a red card for the challenge, which resulted in the breaking of Zakuani’s right tibia and fibula.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that Mullan’s challenge was reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent. Mullan will be suspended for a total
of 10 games and fined a total of $5,000, including the automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine for receiving a red card.

Fredy Montero scored the early winner as Seattle Sounders FC extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-nil win over the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

Just three minutes into the match, Colorado’s Brian Mullan was issued a straight red card after a poor tackle on Zakuani. Zakuani was carted off the field to the emergency room for X-rays, where it was determined he had sustained a fractured right fibula and tibia and will undergo surgery. WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Steve Zakuani likely is out for rest of the season. Sounders FC (2-2-3, 9 points) earns three points on the road for the first time in 2011 as it is now tied for third place in the West.

Colorado (3-3-0, 9 points) failed to win for the first time at home this season, dropping their third consecutive match.

Seattle took advantage of a counter-attack opportunity in the 19th minute. O’Brian White took the ball up the right side and passed it off to a streaking Mauro Rosales in the middle. Rosales found Montero who slid a one-touch ball past Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens and into the right corner of the net for the game’s lone goal.

Montero, starting for the first time in four games, recorded his first goal of the season and his third all-time against Colorado. He also had the late game-tying assist in last week’s 1-1 draw at Philadelphia.

Rosales leads the team with three assists.

Sounders FC played a man-up for the majority of the night after a harsh tackle on Steve Zakuani in the opening minutes.

Just three minutes into the match, Colorado’s Brian Mullan was issued a straight red card after a poor tackle on Zakuani. Zakuani was carted off the field to the emergency room for X-rays, where it was determined he had sustained a fractured right fibula and tibia and will undergo surgery. Alvaro Fernandez took Zakuani’s place in the ninth minute.

After the Montero goal, Colorado was relentless in pressing for an equalizer but Seattle’s defense held strong to earn its first shutout of the season.

In the 29th minute Kasey Keller beat Caleb Folan to a ball in the box and cleared it for a Colorado throw. Keller made another stop on a Jeff Larentowicz long-distance attempt in the 61st minute and also stopped Kosuke Kimura’s left-footed strike just two minutes later.

Seattle nearly tallied a second goal in the 54th minute after Fernandez headed a corner kick behind the Rapids backline. White got a shot off but Pickens sprung off his line to deflect the shot away.

Sounders FC held the advantage in shots 11-9 (4-2 on goal) and tied a club record with 19 fouls committed. Montero was issued a yellow card in the 81st minute.

Sounders FC defender Tyson Wahl made his first start of the year, while defenders Leo Gonzalez and Jeff Parke and midfielder Erik Friberg did not start for the first time all season.

Sounders FC will return to the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field to host Toronto FC on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. TICKETS starts at $23.00 PT before traveling to D.C. United on May 4 and Columbus Crew on May 7. Also on July 20, 2011 Manchester United vs Seattle Sounders FC match TICKETS

Scoring Summary:
0-1 Fredy Montero 1 (Rosales 3, White 2) 19

Referee: Silviu Petrescu Referee’s Assistants:-Daniel Belleau; Eric Proctor
4th Official: Geoff Gamble Attendance: 14,185

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Brian Mullan (ejection, Serious Foul Play) 3
COL – Caleb Folan (caution, Reckless Foul) 75
SEA – Fredy Montero (caution, Reckless Foul) 81

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales (Erik Friberg 74), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Steve Zakuani (Alvaro Fernandez 9, Leo Gonzalez 82), Fredy Montero, O’Brian White.

Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Erik Friberg, Nate Jaqua, Mike Fucito

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Alonso 4) ; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Montero 2); FOULS: 19 (White 3, Montero 3); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: Keller 2

Colorado RapidsMatt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Tyrone Marshall (Anthony Wallace 66), Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Brian Mullan, Pablo Mastroeni (Wells Thompson 68), Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith (Sanna Nyassi 72), Caleb Folan, Omar Cummings.

Substitutes Not Used: Steward Ceus, Scott Palguta, Joseph Nane, Andre Akpan

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Kimura 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Kimura 1, Larentowicz 1); FOULS: 7 (Smith 3); OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: Pickens 3

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