No word is expected from the Sounders today regarding the three players who left last night’s game at San Jose with injuries: goalkeeper Michael Gspurning (forearm), midfielder Brad Evans (ribs) and defender Djimi Traore (hamstring).
Therefore there is no telling who will be available Saturday, when Seattle begins a three-game homestand against the Colorado Rapids.
“We’ve got to see who’s healthy,” coach Sigi Schmid said last night. “We can try to figure out who can play, but we’re obviously short midfielders now with Ozzie out; (Andy) Rose is out; (Alex) Caskey just had surgery, he’s out. We’ve got a lot of guys missing. We don’t know where we are in goal right now. (Marcus) Hahnemann’s out already, I don’t know how long Gspurning’s out – we have to see if it’s fractured or not fractured. It’s not displaced, but it’s definitely possibly fractured.”
The Sounders went into the San Jose game already barring what seemed their fair share of key injuries. Designated players Obafemi Martins and Shalrie Joseph were out due to calf problems, and reserve keeper Hahnemann suffered a hamstring injury that was expected to keep him out three or four weeks.
That’s what forced the acquisition of Weber on loan from third-division Phoenix FC.
Then he was rushed into action Saturday, when Gspurning couldn’t make it into the second half after being kicked by Steven Lenhart when both went down for a ball in front of the Sounders’ goal.
“It’s nothing new,” Weber said. “I’ve been in this situation before with Seattle. You always have to be ready when your name is called. It’s unfortunate that (Gspurning) picked up the knock, but you have to stay focused and do your job.”
Weber was on the pitch less than three minutes before Walter Martinez struck his game-winning goal. But he was clean the rest of the way, making two saves.
“I thought Weber did all right,” Schmid said. “(Defender DeAndre Yedlin) has to get tighter to (Martinez), turn the guy outside. (Yedlin) can’t let him cut back and get inside, it leaves Weber out to dry. That’s something that we’re going to talk about and need to improve upon.”