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April 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Monday notes: Rosales, Fernandez hopeful of playing Wednesday against the Galaxy

04302012 training.JPGHere are some notes after Monday’s training session at Starfire:

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— The starters did their regeneration training inside in the weight room and the reserves practiced on the field. Coach Sigi Schmid said player availability for Wednesday will mostly be determined tomorrow.

— One player who could be back is midfielder Alvaro Fernandez, who’s missed the past two games with a quad injury. Schmid said the goal is for Flaco to play against L.A., either as a starter or a reserve. Fernandez was also asked if he think he’ll be ready to go. “We still have to see,” he said through an interpreter. “We have all day of training tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes, how the injury comes along. Hopefully I’ll be available Wednesday. I hope to be there because it’s an important game.”

Mauro Rosales is also hopeful of playing after having to leave Saturday’s game with a hurt ankle after a tackle from Chicago defender Gonzalo Segares. “The pain is still not going away, but I think for Wednesday it’s going to be OK,” said Rosales, who was clear that he doesn’t feel targeted by other teams.

— As Schmid indicated last week, I wouldn’t expect Eddie Johnson to get 90 minutes again Wednesday. After essentially playing a full game, his first in a while, I’d think a reserve role is more likely for the forward. “I think the older you get as a player, the more you understand your body,” Johnson said. “I’m not 21 or 22 anymore.”

— Some questions today focused on Saturday’s postgame scuffle and goalkeeper Michael Gspurning had a humorous response: “I’m coming from Greece. Fighting was normal there. … It’s quite calm here.”

— Regarding the scuffle, Schmid said his main concern was getting his team together afterward. He kept the team on the field when Chicago went to the locker room to avoid any more altercations in the tunnel. He said he wasn’t too concerned it would get serious, likening it to a baseball scuffle. He also recalled a similar incident he had with the Galaxy when Clint Mathis and Paul Caligiuri got into it at practice and he let it go, knowing no one was going to get hurt.

— Midfielder Brad Evans said a incident like that bring a team together. “From our end, you love to see that when guys are sticking up for each other,” he said. “Nothing like a good scuffle at the end of a game for some team bonding.”

— Johnson was prepared to get a yellow card for his delayed exit from Saturday’s game, saying he wanted to give his defense a breather before the final few minutes. Schmid said it ended up being counterproductive in the end as the one-minute delay turned into two extra minutes of stoppage time from referee Michael Kennedy. “We talked about that today as a team, as to how we want to do those changes at the end,” Schmid said. “We just have to make sure that we do it properly and jog to get off the field.”

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