Steve Zakuani returns to Seattle while Brian Mullan awaits his fate
The punishment for Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan, who injured Steve Zakuani with a reckless slide-tackle Friday, was expected Wednesday.
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Four days after undergoing surgery on a broken leg, Sounders FC's Steve Zakuani was able to board a plane Tuesday in Denver and return to Seattle.
But the punishment for Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan, who injured Zakuani with a reckless slide-tackle in Seattle's 1-0 road win Friday, remained up in the air.
According to an MLS spokesman, a league announcement on supplemental discipline will be made Wednesday. Mullan will likely be suspended additional games and fined.
Zakuani, who traveled home with his mother and trainer Randy Noteboom, posted a message Tuesday on the website of his nonprofit organization, Kingdom Hope. He said he has been "more than overwhelmed" by the outpouring of support and has received "about 400 emails, a couple hundred Facebook messages, hundreds of Facebook wall posts, 62 text messages and phone calls from all over the world."
• Sounders FC has planned a Zakuani tribute for Saturday's 7 p.m. home game against Toronto FC. Fans will be given "11" cards (the number on Zakuani's jersey) to hold up at the 11:00 mark.
• Kickoff for Seattle's game July 10 at Portland has been moved up to 1 p.m.
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