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April 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Monday notes: Rosales, Johansson still recovering, won’t play in reserve game

04092012 training.JPGSaturday’s road game at D.C. United saw the return of a couple Sounders: midfielder Brad Evans played 90 minutes coming off a hamstring strain and forward Eddie Johnson got about 25 minutes after dealing with a hip and fitness issues.

Might two more be set to return from injury this weekend against Colorado? I asked coach Sigi Schmid if midfielder Mauro Rosales and defender Adam Johansson are expected back against the Rapids.

“Hard to say; we’ll see how it is,” Schmid said. “We wanted to sort of see where they were at and evaluate them today. Tomorrow neither of them will play in the reserve game, but they’ll train with us. Tomorrow will really be the evaluation point as to whether we think they can play.”

Rosales was active in a lot of the activity Monday, participating in a small-sided scrimmage with the reserves while Saturday’s starters had a light regeneration session. Johansson was active early on, but worked a little bit more on the side during the scrimmage.

Here are some other notes from Schmid:

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— It sounds like Johnson will play the first half of Tuesday night’s reserve game against Portland as the team tried to get him competitive minutes. Cordell Cato is then expected to replace him. Lots of reserves will see the field, but Steve Zakuani won’t likely be one of them.

— As you might have expected, Schmid is pleased with the defense (one goal allowed in the run of play this season) and less so with the offense (no goals in two games). Schmid said the team will be working on making quicker decisions with the ball this week. Defensively, allowed one goal per game is the target, and the team has done that.

— The coach felt David Estrada had a better game Saturday than he did against San Jose. That might’ve been rewarded with a goal, save for a scuffed cross by Alvaro Fernandez.

— Asked about a 2-1-1 start, Schmid reiterated the numbers he always looks for. He thinks a 1.5 points-per-game average gets you in playoff contention and 2 points-per-game gets you in Supporters’ Shield contention. “Right now things are going well for (Sporting Kansas City),” Schmid said. “They haven’t had one injury. They’ve played the same lineup every game and have picked up five wins. Outside of that, I think it’s the usual stuff in MLS, where every team is capable of knocking off anybody else.”

— In the context of Marc Burch‘s semi-controversial comments last week, I asked Schmid how much things like that weigh into his lineup choices. The coach said he tries not to consider it.

“I think in probably 99.9-percent of the cases, I don’t,” Schmid said. “I sometimes think more about what it says about our guys; what they’re really saying. I just want to make sure our guys are always confident. I think it’s an important aspect that our guys are not giving away things in the press … (and if something) ends up being locker-room material for the opponent, then yeah, you don’t want guys necessarily to do that. But on the same token, I always want to feel when they’re talking to the press that they’re confident. I don’t ever want to sense somehow that they have fear. I didn’t think Burch’s comments made me feel that way.”


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