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April 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Rosales plays 60 minutes, Johansson goes 30 in 1-0 win against UW in training game

04212012 game.JPGSounders FC beat the University of Washington, 1-0, in a training game Saturday at Starfire. Fredy Montero provided the goal around the 50th minute on a low drive that gave the Huskies goalkeeper some problems.

While finishing remains a concern, the game was more about getting players minutes — particularly Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson (above), who have missed the last four games injured. Rosales, who’s recovering from a sprained knee, played all 60 minutes in the condensed game; Johansson, who’s been dealing with a hamstring strain, played 30 before opting out of the second half to do fitness work with the rest of the team on the side.

So are they expecting to play next week against Chicago?

“I hope so,” said Rosales, calling Saturday’s game a good step. “I really don’t like to be outside and watching from the (press box). I hope next game I can be with the guys. I will try, like always.”

“Yeah, I think I can play,” said Johansson.

And what does coach think?

“We’ll see,” said Sigi Schmid. “When you go through a test like this, the key thing is how do you feel the next day? Are you getting little aches and pains? Because through the game the adrenaline starts flowing and you feel good and you’re caught up in the emotion of the game. It’s only afterward, when you go home and you lay there and you go, ‘Oh, I forgot when I got kicked there. I’m sore.’ So we’ll see how they feel tomorrow. For me to predict (if they’ll play next week) based on today is tough.”

Schmid said not to read too much into Johansson only playing 30 minutes and that it was “important psychologically for him to feel comfortable and confident.” And since Friday’s practice was pretty active compared to the normally light days before a game, Schmid said the two-day work load (today and yesterday) was close to what a weekend’s game would have been.

Here’s the coach’s assessment of the game otherwise:

“It was good,” Schmid said. “It was a good run for us. I thought we created some good chances. I thought we moved the ball around pretty well. I’m still disappointed in our finishing. It was good to see Fredy get one — it was a little fortunate the goalkeeper didn’t do well with it, but we’ll take anything right now. I think our combinations (were) good. We got some crosses. We were right on the doorstep (when it came to scoring more goals), but our flow and our movement through midfield were pretty good.”

Also worth noting, Eddie Johnson played a full 60 minutes. I don’t know who played for UW (I recognized Michael Harris and former Sounders FC supplemental draft pick Abdul Aman, not many others), but posted below are the lineups for Seattle.

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First half: GK Bryan Meredith, D Adam Johansson, D Jeff Parke, D Patrick Ianni, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Alex Caskey, M David Estrada, F Fredy Montero, F Eddie Johnson

Second half: GK Bryan Meredith, D Zach Scott, D Jeff Parke, D Patrick Ianni, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Servando Carrasco, M Andy Rose, M Christian Sivebaek, F Fredy Montero, F Eddie Johnson

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