SOUNDERS FC: OUT — M Steve Zakuani (sports hernia surgery), GK Josh Ford (R knee surgery). QUESTIONABLE — M Osvaldo Alonso (L quad strain).
REAL SALT LAKE: OUT — D Rich Balchan (L shoulder surgery), M John Stertzer (R shoulder surgery), D Chris Schuler (L foot pain), D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (R knee ACL).
UPDATE 12:05 p.m. — Here is the update from coach Sigi Schmid on Alonso: “Ozzie made improvements during the week but not enough improvements where he’s going to play this weekend. But he’s made improvements, for sure, and today was his best day.”
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The main question mark for the Sounders is Alonso, and we’ll get a final update on him after Friday’s practice before the team flight. Schmid has given several indications of caution already, particularly with a bye next week.
Real Salt Lake’s injuries have hit the defense particularly hard.