Outside chance has been downgraded to no chance.
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid ruled injured midfielder Mauro Rosales out of Wednesday’s 7 p.m. home leg of a Western Conference semifinal against Real Salt Lake.
Rosales suffered a sprained knee on a tackle by Chivas USA’s Ben Zemanski in the regular-season finale on Oct. 22. Seattle had hoped there would be an outside chance of him being available.
“It’s a situation where Mauro’s tried his best in terms of being able to come back,” Schmid said after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s much further along at the same time-point of recovery from the injury as he was when he had the injury against D.C. United. Obviously there’s optimism as we move forward that there’s a chance for Sunday as we go forward from there. For this Wednesday’s game, no.”
If you remember, earlier in the playoffs FOX Soccer analyst Jimmy Conrad — a former player under Schmid — accused the coach of a little gamesmanship regarding the Rosales injury. Conrad thought Schmid knew all along that Rosales wasn’t going to play.
In that context, Schmid had some other tongue-in-cheek comments today.
“I don’t want Jimmy Conrad to accuse me of gamesmanship again,” the coach said, “since obviously he’s become very intellectual since they put him on TV. … Love you Jimmy, I’ll add that, too.”