Seattle’s Gustav Svensson, top center, takes the header but is blocked by Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando in the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
“Once I hear that,” Petke said Wednesday night, “I’m not going to put somebody in jeopardy, especially somebody with a head injury. Yura wasn’t happy, but 99 percent of it is my care for Yura, the one percent is I’m not getting in trouble.”
After the loss in Seattle, Movsisyan said he never felt concussion-related symptoms.
“I felt fine. I was OK,” he said. “Yeah, it’s a nice shot to the side of the head, but I felt good. I felt fine. It was doctor’s, coach’s decision not to play me, but I felt fine. No issues there.”
Movsisyan later acknowledged that he wasn’t pleased to be taken off at halftime.
“Obviously I didn’t like the fact that I was being pulled out, but that’s just the way it goes,” he said. “Our medical guys, they really care for you. They’re there for your health, but at the end of the day, I wanted to be out there. I was OK. I had no problems, I had no symptoms of being concussed or potentially [concussed]. That’s a decision they take, and I can’t do anything about that.”
Petke put Movsisyan on in the 74th minute of RSL’s loss to the Sounders on Saturday, saying the decision to start Luis Silva over Movsisyan was a tactical move.
“I just thought in this game, the way we wanted to play, that [Joao] Plata and Luis were better suited for it,” Petke said.
When asked how he goes about better formulating a relationship with Petke amid the frustrations, Movsisyan said “I just have to continue playing. I just have to continue working hard and playing and whether I get on the field or not, that’s the coach’s decision, that’s the coaching staff’s decision,” he added. “The only thing I can do is just continue doing my job and working hard and hoping I get on the field.”
The forward leads the team with four goals this season. Movsisyan returned to RSL in 2016 on a one-year loan from Russian club Spartak Moscow. Last October, RSL finalized the full-time move, making Movsisyan reportedly the highest-paid player in club history.