SOUNDERS FC — OUT: M Steve Zakuani (adductor), M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain), GK Josh ford (R patella fracture). QUESTIONABLE: F Eddie Johnson (sports hernia), F Obafemi Martins (groin), D Djimi Traore (R knee injury).
LA GALAXY — QUESTIONABLE: D A.J. DeLaGarza (L elbow dislocation), F/M Landon Donovan (L ankle), D Todd Dunivant (R knee sprain), D Omar Gonzalez (L hip strain).
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Coach Sigi Schmid has provided some clarity to the report this week, noting that Obafemi Martins likely won’t play Sunday as they try to get him healthy for the playoffs.
It looks like Eddie Johnson and Djimi Traore were able to practice the past couple days, so they are in line to be available. Clint Dempsey, you’ll notice, isn’t even on the report, as he continues to play through a sore shoulder.
Here was how Schmid put it after Saturday’s practice: “Obafemi probably (won’t be available). We wanted to go easy with him today. He had some treatment yesterday, so we wanted to see a day of rest for him. Eddie’s fine. Clint, obviously the shoulder is always there a little bit if he falls on it wrong, but other than that, he’s OK.”
One other note, Leo Gonzalez will likely be held out as a precaution to make sure he’s as strong as possible for postseason.
“He could play,” Schmid said of his left back. “If it was a playoff game tomorrow, he could play.”
And when asked about how the lineup might look against the Galaxy, the coach just added: “This is our 34th game and it will be our 33rd different lineup, so nothing has changed that way.”