The Sounders have concluded today’s training session at the Starfire Sports Complex.
All eyes were on Fredy Montero (flu-like symptoms) and Freddie Ljungberg (knee), although there was no firm resolution on their availability for Saturday, when Kansas City visits.
“Fredy Montero was feeling better today,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “H’e still a little bit under the weather, but he’s feeling better. In the scrimmage, you could tell he was getting a little tired, but he was good. … If he’s healthy and so forth and feels good (by Saturday), then I would expect him to start.
“Freddie Ljungberg, we wanted to see what he could do today, so he went through the beginning part of it, and he felt a little bit sore. We just want to be a little cautious today and we’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
Montero didn’t travel with his team to Toronto last week due to illness. Ljungberg did, and recorded his first MLS goal in the Sounders’ 2-0 victory. However, in about the 75th minute he sort of stepped on the ball and went down hard in front of the Reds’ goal, sort of jamming his knee.
On Tuesday, he seemed no more sure of his status than his coach was.
“We have to see if the swelling goes away,” Ljungberg said. “But yeah, if the swelling goes away I expect to play on Saturday.”
Montero was not made available to the media for any comment on the off-field issues that arose last week. Schmid said he briefed the team on those before the Tornoto game, and that the team stands behind Montero but didn’t allow it to be a distraction.