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June 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Wednesday notes: Osvaldo Alonso out this weekend, Steve Zakuani out much longer

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Here are a few quick notes from Sounders FC practice Wednesday…

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— First off, the big news was Obafemi Martins having his red card rescinded, so be sure to check out that post if you haven’t already. I asked Shalrie Joseph if he appealed his extra-game suspension, and he said he hadn’t.

— Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Whitecaps with the thigh injury. Coach Sigi Schmid said “there’s a shot” he could be back for a June 22 road game at Real Salt Lake: “We’ll have to see. There’s a slight muscle tear there, so we’ll have to see how his recovery goes. He generally recovers pretty well, so it’ll be a week-to-week prognosis, but this weekend he’s definitely out.”

— So, even if it was a different injury, does Schmid regret playing Alonso so soon after the groin injury? “No,” the coach said, “and he doesn’t either. That’s something we talked about. It’s a different area, different injury. A little bit of it is maybe related (to the fact that) for him, preseason training wasn’t the best. He missed a little bit, took a little bit of an injury there, so maybe that’s carried over. Having a break right now, and being able to rebuild and re-strengthen, is probably not the worst thing.”

— And what was the update on Steve Zakuani, who posted on Instagram last week that he suffered an injury and needs surgery? “Zakuani’s going to have surgery,” Schmid confirmed. “We haven’t finalized all the details of it. That should be coming. In the next 24 hours we should have the details on where he’s going to have the surgery and exactly when, but he definitely needs surgery. It’s basically a sports hernia type of injury.”

— Schmid said Zakuani could need 6-8 weeks of rehab before he’s even able to get back on the field, so a return might not come until the end of August and maybe even into September. The coached noted that Zakuani tends to be a player that needs the long end of a recovery window to get back. Definitely disappointing news after Zakuani’s long comeback. “He’s had to deal with numerous things in his career,” Schmid said, “and it’s a new one he has to deal with.”

— One player who could become more important in Zakuani’s absence is Mario Martinez, who is with Honduras for upcoming World Cup qualifiers but won’t be for the Gold Cup. That was an arrangement settled upon by Schmid and Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez.

— That, of course, would indicate the Sounders want to keep Martinez, whose one-year loan reportedly ends this summer. Schmid said that’s more a question for general manager Adrian Hanauer, “but for sure I think he’s done well. He’s a player who can help us and I think things will work out.”

— Martinez talked about wanting to stay with the Sounders in this story.

— Schmid was complimentary of Brad Evans‘ performance Sunday with the national team and noted USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann even asked about playing Evans at center back. And can Evans play one position with the Sounders and another for the national team? “Yeah, he could do that,” Schmid said. “It’s something else we’ve talked about. Brad has played for us quite a bit on the flank … and I think he does well out there. He has good instincts in terms of when to come forward. He crosses a good ball. He gets into the box as a midfielder. But we’ve used him where we’ve needed him at times, and we’ll continue to do that. I don’t think it’s going to affect him with the national team.”

— Asked if an MLS-high four red cards (previously five) was a case of player passion, Schmid said, “Sometimes it’s passion. I think it was a little bit frustration in Shalrie’s case in the L.A. game because of the way the L.A. game was going. Sometimes red cards happen because guys are maybe a little overzealous or trying to win the ball for your team or just be dominant for your team. There are always different reasons for them, so you have to look at each one separately and not get caught up and say, ‘This is good or bad.’ If you’re getting double yellows for protesting to the referee, if you’re getting it for kicking the ball away on set pieces and silly things like that, then it’s something to worry about.”

— Schmid noted that a Sounders win against the Whitecaps would vault Seattle over the Galaxy in the standings. “Everybody should be there,” he said. “We still have some seats left. It’s going to be a great day. I think people can have a wonderful afternoon, enjoy themselves, and then come out and have a great experience watching a Cascadia Cup game.”

— In some minor notes, Zach Scott is growing a pretty intimidating mustache, Servando Carrasco has a wrap on his right wrist for an injury suffered on a fall (he’s OK to play), and pool goalkeeper Doug Herrick still hasn’t got a call of need from around the league.


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