Here’s what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about No. 1 goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, who missed the second half of last night’s 2-0 win over the Galaxy due to a recurring hip issue:
“Michael’s in today having an MRI, so they’re still doing part of that. It was like a two-phased MRI because we wanted to get a really good look at what was going on there so we can make a determination.
On goalkeeper depth) We have (an emergency keeper) here – Steve Spangler (video above), who played at Oregon State. Apparently he’s the league goalkeeper assigned to Kansas City. I don’t know how you play at Oregon State and get assigned to Kansas City, and the guy from L.A. gets assigned to Portland. I don’t know how all that works. He’s here. Andrew Weber is starting to come back. He got the clearance from the doctors last night, so he went through training today – a full training, so we’ve got to see how he feels tomorrow. But if Michael can’t go, then obviously we expect Meredith to start. Then it’s either Spangler’s on the bench, or if we feel Weber’s OK after these two days, then he’s on the bench.
On the health of Alvaro Fernandez and Patrick Ianni) They both were all in today in training. They both felt fine. I talked to them both at the end of training, and they felt fine. Again, it depends on how they come in tomorrow after a night’s sleep, but I feel pretty confident they should be ready to go.