The MRI results are in for Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson and it’s good news.
The forward has a slight
hamstring adductor strain, which forced him out of Sunday’s regular-season finale in Los Angeles, and could be back soon.
“It’s not nearly as bad as we initially thought,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “We wanted to go easy with him today and then we’ll see where he’s at tomorrow. … It’s slight. It’s not nearly as bad as we had feared that it might be. There’s an outside chance (he could play) on Friday and for sure the second game shouldn’t be a problem.”
The Sounders host Real Salt Lake in the first leg of a Western conference semifinal Friday at CenturyLink Field. The second leg is Nov. 8 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
If Johnson isn’t able to go Friday, and it seems there would be little need to rush him back in a two-game series, Schmid specifically mentioned Sammy Ochoa, David Estrada and Steve Zakuani for replacement options at forward. Mauro Rosales can also play up top, the coach said.
“We’ll see what we think is best,” Schmid said.
“The guys that are healthy to play are the guys that are going to play — just like last year,” Schmid said, in reference to Rosales’ injury that kept him out of the 2011 playoffs. “Certainly we missed Mauro, and if Eddie can’t play we’ll miss him, but other guys have to step up and do the business.