Here’s an update from Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson on an apparent hamstring injury that forced him out in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy:
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“I made a couple long runs early in the game and my hammy kind of tightened up on me. My game is (made up) of making hard runs behind the back four, and there was a play where I tried to set the defender up like I was going to come for the ball and check away, and I felt a big cramp in my hamstring.
“I know what that feeling feels like. I was smart. I came out. I didn’t try to force it, but there’s definitely something there. If I had played, I’d have been restricted. The smart thing was for me to do what’s best for the team and come out. We’ll get an MRI on Monday and see what’s going on.”
Coach Sigi Schmid said many times you can’t tell how bad an injury is right away.
“When he felt it, he came off right away,” Schmid said. “It was not a situation where he tried to play through it or anything like that.”
I talked to midfielder Brad Evans after the game, as well, and he said the team has to be ready to overcome adversity if needed.
“Each team is going to deal with it,” he said, “and it’s about how you come together as a group and how you kind of fight through it.”