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Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was a guest with Dave “Softy” Mahler on 950 KJR-AM on Thursday and provided a few updates on injuries, where things stand with Roberto Chen, what went behind Eddie Johnson’s call-up to the U.S. national team for the Gold Cup and more.
Be sure to listen to the interview above, and here are a few highlights:
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— Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning (forearm/wrist/hand) is out two weeks at least, probably more.
— Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (hamstring) has an outside shot of coming back July 28 vs. Chivas USA, probably a stretch, though.
— Midfielder Brad Evans (rib) could be on the bench Saturday if he continues to improve like he has.
— Forward Obafemi Martins (calf) looks good to go, something he had told reporters after practice, along with defender Djimi Traore (hamstring) and midfielder Shalrie Joseph (calf) being unlikely to play.
— Schmid noted a tight salary-cap situation, particularly after signing goalkeeper Andrew Weber, makes the signing of Panamanian target Roberto Chen less likely: “I’m not sure if that’s something that is going to work out near term or more long term.”
— Schmid said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told him before the Costa Rica game that he was thinking of calling in Eddie Johnson. Schmid then told Klinsmann to think about it and call back after the game: “So he called me back after the game and gave me his reasoning and so forth. Technically he has the right to do it. I could’ve asked for a huge favor and say, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it now.’ They’ve got, I guess, a couple injuries up front, as well, and Eddie is a player who’s in the national team pool, he’s making his way, but he’s not one of those guys who you would say is rock solid right now — although he has a good chance of being there for Brazil. So you’ve got to weigh all those things and at the end of the day we felt it was the right thing to let him go.”