So is Sounders veteran Pat Noonan.
Noonan was involved in the key play of Seattle’s 2-1 win at Kansas City on Saturday, when he was knocked down on a studs-up challenge by Omar Bravo. The tackle drew a straight red card from referee Jair Marrufo.
SKC coach Peter Vermes and some players complained. Even Sounders coach Sigi Schmid conceded the call could have gone either way.
But it wasn’t the tackle what bothered Noonan.
“He went into a tough challenge,” Noonan said today as the club returned to training at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. “I just tried to jump out of it. It happened. But afterwards, when he comes over to put his finger in my face, then I’ll have something to say. You can go into a tackle like that, but don’t tell me to get up.”
When Noonan did get up, he got into Bravo’s face. However, though only words were exchanged, Bravo tumbled to the ground as though he had been punched or headbutted ... maybe shot. Remember the death scene in "Bonnie and Clyde"? Something like that.
“He flops trying to draw the red card,” Noonan said. “To me, that’s a joke. … It’s tough to watch. It’s painful. And there’s been plenty of it this year. … Unfortunately that’s part of the game and hopefully they’ll do what they can to resolve it.”