UPDATE: When asked about this postgame, Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer pushed back against the idea that Nouhou was being disciplined.
Schmetzer on Nouhou: “He is a great kid with a bright future. He wasn’t in the 18 because of a coach’s decision. And he is not for sale.”— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 13, 2018
That said, Sounder at Heart has independently confirmed the Times’ reporting. Whether or not that technically makes this a “disciplinary matter” may be pedantic at this point. What Schmetzer seemed to be trying to do in his postgame comments is to publicly support Nouhou’s future with the club.
Nouhou was a conspicuous scratch from Sunday’s gameday roster. Turns out, it was effectively for disciplinary reasons.
According to a story in the Seattle Times, Nouhou was pulled at halftime of the Sounders’ dramatic 2-1 win over Minnesota United not because of “tactical” reasons but because of his reaction to feedback from coaches. The report does not detail what, exactly, Nouhou said that caused him to be pulled, but it was apparently bad enough that it was also the reason he didn’t suit up against FC Dallas.
Prior to the match, Nouhou was on the field helping injured midfielder Handwalla Bwana with fitness drills.
In his place, newly acquired Brad Smith was given the start. It was not immediately clear if Nouhou will be back in the 18 next week against the LA Galaxy.