October 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Schmid: Clint Dempsey to suit up Wednesday; Obafemi Martins, Djimi Traore available
Forgive the brevity of this post, but a crazy thunderstorm rolled through the end of Sounders FC practice Tuesday. As such, reporters (and their recorders) could manage just about 60 seconds worth of updates from coach Sigi Schmid.
There was some significant injury news in that short span, though.
“Djimi (Traore) came through yesterday all right and trained today, so we think he’s available for tomorrow,” Schmid said. “(Obafemi Martins), same thing: he came through and he’s available for us. Clint (Dempsey) will be in the 18 for us, as well.”
There was no update on defender Leo Gonzalez, so maybe Sunday at Portland is better suited for his return.
Schmid was also asked more specifically about Steve Zakuani and what kept the midfielder from being able to travel to Colorado.
“He just felt really tight in the same area in the groin, the same area that he had the surgery,” the coach said. “It just felt really tight and it wasn’t loosening up.”
To the point of considering shutting him down for the season?
“No, no,” Schmid said. “He went through training today and he’s trained this week, so we’ll see how he is.”
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SOUNDERS FC — OUT: GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture). QUESTIONABLE: F Will Bates (R knee injury), M Clint Dempsey (R hamstring strain), D Leo Gonzalez (L hip injury), M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain), D Djimi Traore (L hamstring strain).
VANCOUVER — OUT: M/F Omar Salgado (R foot fracture), D Brad Rusin (R ankle sprain). PROBABLE: F Kenny Miller (R adductor tightness).
International duty: Eddie Johnson (Seattle, USA), Brad Evans (Seattle, USA), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver, Jamaica), Johnny Leveron (Vancouver, Honduras).
Suspended: Zach Scott (Seattle, red card)
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