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Johnson back, Yedlin expected, Gspurning maybe; Sounders getting closer to fully fit

Eddie Johnson returned to training with the Sounders today (interesting interview coming), and coach Sigi Schmid said he’s eager to take another look at the Johsnon-Obafemi Martins-Lamar Neagle trio on the pitch together … perhaps with DeAndre Yedlin behind them, and perhaps even with Michael Gspurning in goal — perhaps as soon as Saturday vs. Dallas.

Here’s Schmid on the new pieces returning into place:

On Johnson-Martins-Neagle playing together: I still think the possibilities of all three of them being together makes us a better team, makes us more explosive and harder to figure out. But like I said before,

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Ten names on Sounders injury report

InjuryReportThere is the Sounders’ injury report in advance of their 1 p.m. Saturday home match with Colorado. And the number of unavailable players actually grows by one as forward Eddie Johnson is out due to national team duty. Also, that “questionable” listing for Djimi Traore has proven to be too optimistic, as coach Sigi Schmid clarified today that Traore is out.

That kind of subtraction by subtraction is the reason Schmid cited for his club is looking to end a swoon of three losses in its last four games.

“I think the reason for the losses for us in the recent streak has just been the inconsistency of the lineup that we’ve been able to bring to the table,” he said today. “As a coach my philosophy has always been maybe the less talented you are the more structure you bring to your team, the more Read more »


Club says Zakuani undergoes successful surgery

This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani underwent successful sports hernia surgery on the right side on Tuesday afternoon. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

Zakuani, 25, has started six games in league play this season, recording one assist. His last appearance was on April 20 at Colorado. Zakuani has nine appearances across all competitions in 2013, and assisted on the deciding goal in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Overall, he has started 67 of 78 appearances in his five-year MLS career and is the club’s third-leading scorer with 17

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Martinez back; Estrada sees eye specialist; EJ, Oba uncertain, Ianni not close

The Sounders are off the training pitch for another day.

Even though this is the eve of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, the brutal MLS start and Saturday loss at RSL is clearly still hanging over the club. I’ll have more on that later.

For now, these updates:

* David Estrada is seeing an eye specialist. Patrick Ianni certainly remains out for the near term, and coach Sigi Schmid said he isn’t certainl Ianni will return this month. No word on whether Eddie Johnson and/or Obafemi Martins will be available for Santos tomorrow.

* Midfielder Mario Martinez returned

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Joseph, Johansson still out for Tigres second leg


The Sounders trained this morning at CenturyLink Field, preparing for the second and resolving leg of their CCL semifinal series with Tigres.

Not much news other than this injury report from Sigi:

Joseph is still not available. Johansson won’t be available at this stage. Zakuani went through training today, so we’ll evaluate him tomorrow and see where he’s at. Estrada went through today, so we’ll evaluate tomorrow and see where he’s at.”

Here was Estrada’s take on his chances:

I don’t know for this upcoming game on Tuesday, but hopefully toward the end of the weekend I’ll be better. I definitely feel progress. But it’s still kind of tough. This is my first ankle injury, so it’s kind of frustrating.”

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Zakuani, Estrada, Johansson trained today

The Sounders seemed closer to full strength today as Steve Zakuani, Adam Johansson and David Estrada participated, while Mario Martinez was held out.

Here was Sigi Schmid’s take on the situation:

“We wanted to see how Zakuani (ankle) was,” he said. “We wanted to see how David Estrada was. So now it’s how they feel after what they went through today, and then we’ll see what they’re going to be able to do on Sunday. … (Johansson) trained today. Today was his first full day of training, so we’ll see how he’s able to come through that as well.”


Fitness updates: Joseph, Johansson, Ianni, Triore, Neagle

Here are some Sounders health updates as the club heads into it’s first game weekend of the new season.

Shalrie Joseph on his calf injury and general fitness: “It’s not that significant. I’d say it’s day to day. I just have to get fit now. It feels great today. I did a little bit more. I can’t rush it, I’ve just got to be patient, take it day for day, try to get fit, try to get back my sharpness and be ready when called upon. But it’s all about my fitness now. Once I can get fit, I think

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Ianni out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture

Patrick Ianni on crutches during today's training session at Starfire.
Patrick Ianni on crutches during today’s training session at Starfire.

Starting central defender Patrick Ianni will miss four to six weeks due to a foot fracture suffered during fitness training over the weekend, coach Sigi Schmid said today.

“The MRI, I can’t tell you what bone it is. He’s got a slight fracture there,” Schmid said. “So, it’s going to take a while – I think four to six weeks was the first thing I heard. … We go on. Like I said, I think we have some internal options obviously to look at in terms of players who could play there. If something looks right we won’t ignore it. But certainly it’s something that we have to look at the long haul. We can’t just focus on what’s going to happen at the beginning of the season or what’s going to happen for our first series of games. We want to make sure the team’s right for the long haul, the team’s right at the end of the season. We can’t do something that maybe solves an immediate problem and creates a longer-term problem.”

In other news from today’s practice:
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