Here are a few notes from Wednesday’s practice:
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— Eddie Johnson was back in action after undergoing an X-ray this week to look at a sore shoulder. The forward took a hard fall in Saturday’s game against the Galaxy and had been feeling some pain. He had been limited in practice Tuesday and held out of contact. Coach Sigi Schmid said there should be no danger of Johnson missing Sunday’s game: “X-ray showed up good. It looked like it was all right. He’s just sore from the hit that he took there. We were a little careful, he just tried to avoid contact today, but he got through practice fine.
— We asked Johnson about it, too: “It’s OK. I was able to move around and train today, another day to get out there and keep that rhythm with a team we have going so far. It was good to get out there and run around today. … Today it felt better.”
— Shalrie Joseph has been training in full the past couple days as he completes his recovery from an MCL sprain. Here is Schmid when asked if the midfielder is getting closer to selection: “Yeah, he’s getting back, for sure, in being healthy and obviously in consideration for the team. As we move forward here in these games, as you have national-team games coming up again and possible call-ups, we need every man on board and every man healthy. The time between now and the end of the season, we’re going to need everybody at some point.”
— Here was Schmid on the news out of New York that Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave aren’t expected to play due to concerns with the artificial turf after past injuries: “We’ll see when Sunday comes. You can say a lot of things on Tuesday, it all depends on what happens on Sunday. But I don’t think Thierry Henry has ever come out here and played here. I think he closest he got was Portland … and he got carded in that game, if my memory serves me right. It is what it is. They have to make decisions for their team that they feel is appropriate, and that’s for their coach and their team to figure out.”
— Lastly, here is how Schmid feels about the Sounders’ depth, particularly how it compares to previous years: “I think it’s very comparable,” he said. “The way it’s shaping up, I think we have a little more of a veteran presence maybe on the bench. When you have guys like a Shalrie, we obviously add an (Adam) Moffat to the group, a Djimi Traore with Zach Scott starting, I think we have some real good, veteran, experienced players off our bench, which is something that we maybe haven’t always had in the past.”
— Oh yeah, Moffat was back in training after getting a day off to bring some more belongings (his family, too) over from Houston.