You may recall that Tyrone Marshall picked up a yellow card in the 71st minute at New York when he seemed mostly just outraged at what seemed to be a dive in the penalty area.
I asked him about that at training Tuesday; and yep, that's what it was.
"He flopped in the box," Marshall said. "We had been playing such a solid game defensively, I’d hate to see something like that give them a penalty kick. Just like the Dallas game. So obviously being the passionate player that I am, I went over there and said, ‘Listen: Get up.' And someone pushed me in the back. And I was like, what. And for some reason the referee signaled me out."
Marshall believes he may have been singled out due to his reputation for such displays of emotion. In any case, it was his fourth caution of the season, making him the first Sounders this season to be one yellow away from the one-game suspension that comes with No. 5. (Although the total is rolled back to three if Marshall manages to avoid a card for his next three games.
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He seems to have only limited interest in doing so: eager to avoid any more venting-type cards, while not willing to lessen his aggressiveness while the ball is in play.
"It’s unfortunate that I picked up two foolish yellow cards the last two games," he said. "Now I have to sit back a little bit and just play my game. … If he’s going to be flopping I’m probably not going to be running over there. I’d probably just James (Riley) in front of me. I’ll be over there, but I’ll push James in front, but I’ll be the second one over. But I’m not going to change my game, whether I’m on one yellow card or four yellow cards, that’s just my game. I’m smart enough to know I can play with cards. If I have to tackle a guy and get a yellow card, then so be it."