Marshall was originally called up to join his native country’s national team for a friendly Wednesday in New Jersey, but told his coach that he needed to get some rest and concentrate on playing for Sounders FC this week. Plus, Marshall said he still has a slight hamstring strain that has been bothering him, and he needed to get that treated.
“It’s unfortunate where it’s a midweek game, but you always want to represent your country, but it was kind of a tossup,” Marshall said. “Right now its what’s best for me to do health-wise and for the club, because right now we’re in a little funk and we need to get back on a winning streak.”
Marshall said he felt the need to “take care of business at home first” and not ask Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid if he could leave, knowing that Seattle is struggling right now. Marshall said the Jamaican coaching staff was understanding of the situation.
In other injury news, Sigi Schmid said midfielder Freddie Ljungberg “took a bit of a knock,” and neither he nor Marshall practiced Monday but are expected to be OK for Saturday’s match against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Also, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was limited today.
Sebastien Le Toux and Stephen King were running on the side, and Schmid hopes to get them both back into training Tuesday.
I saw Chris Eylander making dives and saves in goal and asked the coach about his status. Schmid said Eylander is training well now, but if he was brought off of injured reserve, the team would have to release Terry Boss and if Eylander were to get hurt again, Boss could not be brought back.
Schmid wants to see Eylander stay healthy for a long time without a setback before recommitting to him as Kasey Keller’s backup.
Fredy Montero was not at practice, having left the team to join Colombia for a friendly Wednesday.
More from the coach:
On today’s training….”It was good. We want to keep emphasizing certain things that we have maybe gotten away from in terms of moving the ball, moving off the ball a little bit quicker. That’s the reason for doing some of the things we did today at training. We try to get some very game specific situations and deal with those.”