The Sounders returned to practice Monday following a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series with rival Portland.
Here are some quick personnel notes from coach Sigi Schmid:
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— It sounds like defender Zach Scott suffered a cracked rib against the Timbers, which eventually led to him being subbed out early. “He’s a pretty tough character,” Schmid said, “so we’ll see how it goes for him. He feels he’ll be able to go.” A sentiment that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
— Elsewhere, forward Obafemi Martins (groin) and defender DeAndre Yedlin (ankle) were able to train on a limited basis Monday. Martins will be evaluated throughout the week and no firm update was given on his potential availability. Schmid had said Saturday that they hope the DP will be able to contribute. Here is the coach on Yedlin: “He said he feels pretty good. We’ll see how he feels in the next few days, but we feel confident he’ll be there.”
— Another player ailing is defender Leo Gonzalez, who looked to give everything he had left in the tank to stop a late breakaway by Portland’s Ryan Johnson. Gonzalez has been playing through pain, and he’s another that looks questionable. “He gave a lot of himself in playing those two games in a tight timeline for him,” Schmid said. “It cost him a little bit, so we’ll see how he is. But he’s another one who’s a pretty tough character.”
— Michael Gspurning is eligible again to play in goal after serving a suspension for his crazy red card, but Schmid wasn’t tipping his hand as to whether Gspurning or Marcus Hahnemann will start Thursday. It’s been a “We’ll see” situation for a month and counting.