The Seattle Sounders will be a bit short-handed when they face their biggest rival on Sunday. Somewhat expectedly, Chad Marshall was given a one-game suspension for his tackle on Vicente Sanchez that the MLS Disciplinary Committee deemed a "serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent." Marshall was shown a yellow card for the tackle, which likely means the DC needed to be unanimous in their decision. Here's the foul in question:
This will be just the fifth match Marshall has missed since joining the Sounders, his first for anything other than an injury. In the four previous Marshall-less matches, the Sounders have gone 0-2-2 and been outscored 6-2. Only one of those matches was at home (a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes). In the one match Marshall missed this year, the Sounders settled for a scoreless tie at FC Dallas.
Also from that match, Marcelo Sarvas was given a two-game suspension for stomping on Clint Dempsey's groin area in the 40th minute. Although no foul was called, the DC probably had a somewhat easy time determining that it was "violent conduct that endangered the safety of an opponent." If anything, Sarvas appears to have gotten off light, as Dempsey was himself suspended two games for a much less violent "cup check" last year. Here's the Sarvas infraction: