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Category: Injury

July
13th

Schmid updates Sounders, S2 personnel

Eric Friberg, left in green, trains with Sounders on Monday at Starfire.
Eric Friberg, left in green, trains with Sounders on Monday at Starfire.

Here are some health and availability updates from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid:

On goalkeeper Stefan Frei: Feeling better, so we’ll see how this week progresses. Definitely a possibility for this weekend.

On Eric Friberg’s training session: Doing better. He had a good week of training when we were gone. Worked well today. Talked to him a little bit. Fitness-wise he told me where he feels at right now. So he just needs more touches. Just feels that he needs to get around the ball a little more. Today training involved a lot of touches. We’ll see how he does tomorrow, and we’ll make a decision as we move forward this week.
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July
13th

Schmid: Goal production not there

LogoSoundersCoach Sigi Schmid addressed the Sounders’ recent offensive troubles — two goals and three shutouts over the last five games — since losing Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins:

On mostly repeating lineup from win over DC: I thought we played well against D.C. especially when there were even numbers early on. But as well as we played against DC early on, that’s as bad as we played early on against Chicago. So it was very disappointing that the group was that off in their performance in comparison to what they had done the week before. You’re trying to build on that and we didn’t build on that. We all have to look at it. Did we train to hard? Did we not do the right things in training? I got to look at that because ultimately I’m the guy responsible.

On specific problem areas: We didn’t keep possession of the ball, we didn’t work hard enough up front.
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July
7th

Schmid updates Frei, Oba, Friberg

Frei
Frei

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for another day. Obafemi Martins ran on the side. Stefan Frei visited the field late — no sling, seemingly upbeat. And Eric Friberg remains in Europe.

None are expected to play Saturday in Chicago — although Frei not clearly ruled out. Here’s coach Sigi Schmid’s updates on each:

On Frei: All right. He’s going to get better. Like I said, it’s touch and go for Chicago. He’s better today than he was yesterday. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and then we’ll see how he is Thursday. But he said his range of motion is increasing. There’s nothing negative in the X-rays. Nothing negative to worry about. … It’s a pain tolerance (issue), but also until he gets his range of motion back, his strength back, he feels comfortable with that. That’s something that sometimes goes slowly and then jumps; sometimes it jumps really early. It all depends.
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July
7th

GK Perkins says he’s ready if needed

Perkins
Perkins

We’ll probably learn more today about the status of the shoulder injury suffered Friday by Sounders starting goalkeeper Stefan Frei. However, indications are that he’ll miss at least the match at Chicago on Saturday. And if so, that means veteran Troy Perkins will get his first MLS start as a Sounder. Here’s some of what Perkins had to say at training Monday.

If he feels ready to start: I’m a veteran guy. I’ve played plenty of games. I know these guys a lot, I’ve trained with them every day. From Day One, it’s never been, ‘You’re the backup; go sit down.’ It’s the team, and the club and the coaching staff has always kept me involved, kept me into everything. It will be fun. It will be fun going forward to see how things work out.
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July
6th

Alonso happy to be back after injury

Former Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was visitor at training this morning.
Former Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was visitor at training this morning.

Osvaldo Alonso returned to the pitch Friday in Seattle’s win over DC United, after missing five games with a hampstring injry. He also was back at training today and then spent a few minutes with local reporters:

On his return: Happy to be out. Now fortunately I’m back to the field. Got to keep playing. Looking forward.

On former Sounders central defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado visiting training: I want to talk to him. I’m happy to see him again. It’s going to be fun.
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July
6th

Schmid updates GK situation, Friberg arrival

Frei
Frei

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today on the apparent shoulder injury to No. 1 goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and the availability of newly signed midfielder Eric Friberg from Europe.

On Frei: He feels much better today. It’s just a situation of range of motion and pain – how he deals with those things. For Chicago it’s probably a little bit touch and go, but we’ll see. But we don’t think it’s going to be a long-term thing. He had an X-ray this morning; we don’t have the results of that. We’ll wait until all that gets looked at.

On Troy Perkins stepping into starting role: That’s the reason we signed Troy. He’s an experienced goalkeeper, he’s been around the league. He’s played, so he knows what it’s all about. As with any goalkeeper, when you’re not getting a lot of games sometimes you have to work on your timing more and you can’t get that timing unless you’re in games. But his experience, his shot-blocking ability, his ability to read the games are certainly things he brings.
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July
3rd

Frei has shoulder sprain, return uncertain

Frei
Frei

Here’s some coach Sigi Schmid’s update on goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s injury: “Frei’s is a left shoulder sprain. So we’ll see how it responds over the next few days. It’s always a tough situation when you’re a reserve goalkeeper coming into a game. So for Troy, I thought he did well. They’re a team that likes to lump a lot of balls in on free kicks, so they’re a little more difficult, especially when you haven’t played a lot of games.”

On if it could be a multi-week injury: “Yeah. It depends. It wasn’t a dislocation, it wasn’t a separation. Those are the injuries that you’re worried about. Read more »

July
1st

Oba’s return as uncertain as Dempsey’s

Martins
Martins

Obafemi Martins is continuing his rehab this week, but there’s little clarity on an actual return date.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:

On Oba’s rehab: It’s going well. He started running on Tuesday, didn’t have any setbacks of issues so they did a little more today and will continue to build upon it. … We really haven’t been able to nail (a timetable) down, but it’s been positive. I think he’s doing more than we expected him to be doing at this stage.
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