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Nate Jaqua on double-secret probation

Well, OK, not really. However, he is in an interesting situation heading into Sunday's game ... when something has to give.

Jaqua has accumulated four yellow cards this season, which means that if he picks up another against Colorado on Sunday he will have to sit out the Sounders' next league match.

However, because Jaqua hasn't picked up any yellow cards over his last two games, one card will be deducted from his record if he makes it three straight on Sunday.

As an added drama, that next game is probably especially meaningful to Jaqua because the opponent will be Hounton -- not only the current Western Division leader but also the team that made him available to Seattle in the expansion draft.

That presents Jaqua with a balancing act Sunday: Play smart but not soft.

"I'll try to stay off the ground as much as possible," he said. "Sometimes when I go down I get in a little late just because it takes me a while to get down. As a forward, there are certain situations where I need to, but for the most part I don't need to be tackling. I'm not like a center back where I have to go in on those. It's almost better if I stay in front of him and hold him in on those. I'll try not to commit to the ones I'm unsure about; but for stuff in the air, you can't let it get in your head. I've got to try to win those 50-50s."