Say this for Obafemi Martins: he can take a licking, but keep on ticking. The Seattle Sounders forward went down several times on Wednesday following hard tackles and other collisions, even being forced off the field in order to remove his bloodied jersey at one point. Martins managed to stay in the game -- playing all 90 minutes, in fact -- but he did not escape unscathed.
Turns out, Martins broke his nose on this play:
From the sound of Sigi Schmid's quote, it is unlikely Martins will be able to have a protective mask made in time for Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls, as those are custom fit. That shouldn't affect his availability, though.
"He'll play," Schmid told reporters.
Clint Dempsey famously broke his nose in the United States first match of last summer's World Cup, but opted not wear a protective mask during the entire tournament. As long as there is no damage to the facial bones, players often choose to forgo masks as they can restrict vision and are generally considered cumbersome.
In other injury news, Gonzalo Pineda was apparently limited to light jogging on the sidelines, making his availability for Sunday's game unlikely. Chad Marshall, however, appears ready to go after getting the day off on Wednesday.