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Rapids leave Mullan home in Colorado

Here's a key sequence from a report by John Meyer of the Denver Post:

"It's a purely personal feeling from my standpoint," (Colorado coach Gary)Smith said. "Brian says he has no serious physical problems, but his back has been an issue for a little while. I took that into consideration with three games in a week, and given what we're probably going to encounter in Seattle, I think all in all it's probably the right choice to keep him (out) until Wednesday and keep him nice and fresh."

Mullan has been experiencing back spasms but told Smith he was fit to play this weekend. With the team's injury list short, and considerable depth at midfield, Smith could afford to leave Mullan here.

"Brian's desperate to be there and to play," Smith said. "He really wants to be part of it, which I totally understand, but there are some considerations with the amount of games, with one or two little (physical) niggles that he's had. We are fully healthy, and I just felt it was the right decision — even at late notice — to keep him here."

We got these reactions today from Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer and coach Sigi Schmid:

Hanauer: I don’t want to put myself in their shoes. That’s what my choice would have been. I think it was a more respectful decision, but again not a huge deal in my mind either way.

Schmid: "Obviously they’ve got to make the decision that’s appropriate for their team. I know he’s been struggling with a little bit of a back injury, and I know he hasn’t started the last couple of games, so maybe that decision’s the appropriate decision for where they’re at right now."