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May 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Michael Gspurning undergoes MRI after leaving Wednesday’s game with a hip injury

gspurning mug 2012.jpgSounders FC has never had a starting goalkeeper miss an MLS game due to injury (we were reminded of that fine note by the team’s former director of communications Frank MacDonald on Twitter).

Seattle could be facing that this weekend after Michael Gspurning (right) was forced to leave at halftime of Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Galaxy with a hip injury. Second-year goalkeeper Bryan Meredith filled in and preserved the shutout in the 2-0 win.

Coach Sigi Schmid gave an update on Gspurning after training this afternoon

“Michael’s in today having an MRI, so they’re still doing part of that,” Schmid said. “It was like a two-phase MRI because we want to get a really good look at what was going on there so we can make a determination.”

Gspurning had been dealing with hip discomfort last week leading into the Chicago game. The team wasn’t entirely sure of the cause and said it might’ve been the result of an illness he had. The hope, obviously, is that the MRI provides some answers.

Backups Andrew Weber (high ankle sprain) and Josh Ford (knee stress fracture) have been recovering from injury, so Schmid was asked if the team will need to bring in another goalkeeper in case Gspurning isn’t ready to go.

“We have one here in Steve Spangler, who played at Oregon State,” Schmid said.

“He’s here. Andrew Weber is starting to come back. He got the clearance from the doctors last night, so he went through training today — a full training. We have to see how he feels tomorrow. If Michael can’t go, then obviously we expect Meredith to start. Then it’s either Spangler on the bench or if he feels Weber’s OK after these two days, maybe he’s on the bench.”

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