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May 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Thursday notes: GK Michael Gspurning (hip) set for June return

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgHere are a few notes from Sounders FC training Thursday:

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— Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is recovering well from the hip injury and could be ready for a potential U.S. Open Cup game on June 5, but coach Sigi Schmid said the team is pointing more to a June 16 MLS game in Montreal for Gspurning’s return.

— As of this afternoon, Schmid hadn’t seen the results of an MRI taken of Adam Johansson‘s right hamstring, which he injured Wednesday night. Regardless, the coach all but ruled out the defender for Saturday’s game at Chivas USA, calling his playing chances “remote.” Johansson missed four games earlier this season with a left hamstring injury.

— You might recall the goalkeeper battle between Bryan Meredith and Andrew Weber was pretty close earlier this season. As such, Schmid was asked if Weber is working his way into the conversation to start a game. “Unfortunately he had a little bit of a setback with the ankle injury right about the same time (Gspurning went out), so Meredith got his nose in front there at that moment,” Schmid said. “But he’s training hard. He had a good training session today. That’s something we always discuss when we discuss the lineup.”

— Schmid also reaffirmed his confidence in Meredith after a couple games with questionable goals allowed. The coach said some struggles are a part of the learning process and the experience will serve him well.

— As of this afternoon, the team hadn’t heard about any possible discipline in store for midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who came in late with a two-footed tackle on Crew midfielder Cole Grossman in the 82nd minute Wednesday. Schmid said they’ll adjust if/when they hear from MLS, which he said has been good about notifying teams early in the disciplinary process, particularly since Seattle plays again Saturday.

— Of the weekend’s opponent, Schmid said Chivas USA is a confident club that got a boost from recent trades for Danny Califf and Juan Agudelo. It’ll will also mark another contest against Peter Vagenas and the first game against another ex-Sounder, James Riley. “Riley’s been playing consistently for them,” Schmid said. “He’s a solid right back, so we look forward to seeing James again. He had a great run here and we really appreciate everything he did for us. We hope he does well, but not too well. With Pete, he’s been in and out of the lineup, so we’ll see. I’m sure we’ll see him there. I’m sure he’ll have something to say.”

— We got a chance to catch up with midfielder Brad Evans, who said he felt fine Wednesday coming back from the calf strain and felt fine against Thursday. The loss, however, was disappointing. “I think it’s kind of a little bit of a gut-check time,” Evans said. “If we want to be that team that wins championships … then these are of the types of games we have to be winning.”

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