SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC — OUT: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); DF Michael Tetteh (L hamstring strain); FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); DF Patrick Ianni (lower back pain); MF Brad Evans (R calf strain); PROBABLE: MF Alvaro Fernandez (R quad strain); DF Leo Gonzalez (L quad strain)
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC — OUT: GK Brian Sylvestre (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: FW Atiba Harris (R quad contusion)
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Interesting to see Gonzalez upgraded to probable a day after coach Sigi Schmid said he was likely out Saturday. Gonzalez traveled with the team to Vancouver, but I still don’t expect him to start (maybe he could be available off the bench?).
I wouldn’t look too much into the fact that Gonzalez traveled — Evans, Ford and Tetteh did, too. The only Sounders I didn’t see at BC Place on Friday were Gspurning, Ianni, Sodade and Zakuani.
Speaking of Zakuani, I know a few people have been looking for an update on how he’s doing, so I asked Schmid about that today:
“He’s continuing to make progress. It’s at a phase where we’re trying to build those last things: his speed, his endurance and things like that. It’s a lot of testing. After next week he gets tested again, but I know (fitness coach) Dave Tenney feels that he’s made some good strides in those areas.”