Sounders keeper Michael Gspurning will be suspended for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals with Santos Laguna.
The Sounders goalie picked up a second yellow card in the tournament in the 86th minute of the quarterfinal against Tigres UANL for wasting time. That's an automatic one-game suspension.
CONCACAF has a rule where [yellow-card accumulation] wipes clean after the quarterfinal stage, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters Tuesday. In any other tournament, it s usually after the group stage where it wipes clean. We don t have any recourse. I thought the yellow was really harsh. They were subbing at the time. Gspurning was waiting for the player to exit the field on the endline and the referee gave him a yellow card for not putting the ball into play.
Of course I m upset. It s an important game and I wanted to play, said Gspurning, who reportedly signed with the Sounders in order to play in the CCL.
Marcus Hahnemann will play goalie for the Sounders in the semi-finals.