SEATTLE, WA - JULY 07: Steve Zakuani #11 of the Seattle Sounders looks on against the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field on July 7, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated the Rapids 2-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Finally, the drama can stop.
Last April, Brian Mullan infamously slid into Steve Zakuani during a home game against the Seattle Sounders, snapping his leg in two. It resulted in the longest ban in Major League Soccer history, got a lot of Seattle fans angry and kick-started a summer filled with star players going down injured for long periods of time. (Fortunately for the other players at fault in those injuries, they weren't done 'in anger'!)
At the end of the latest Seattle-Colorado game on Saturday, Zakuani finally got his first time on the pitch in well over a year. He didn't do anything particularly noteworthy but at the end of the match, with all eyes on him, he and Mullan hugged and exchanged jerseys. An iconic moment and a final stamp on the drama that had surrounded the two of them for 14 months.
It may never be dropped in the minds of some fans, but at least between Mullan and Zakuani we've finally gotten the closure that the two of them had likely hoped for from the beginning.