SOUNDERS FC — QUESTIONABLE: M Brad Evans (L calf contusion).
MONTREAL — OUT: D Nelson Rivas (R thigh injury), D Maxim Tissot (R shoulder sprain), D Adrian Lopez (R knee surgery), M Sanna Nyassi (L knee injury).
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Seattle does have more players dealing with injury concerns than just Evans, as Leo Gonzalez is working toward his season debut following offseason groin surgery. Chad Marshall was limited during the week with a muscle twinge, something coach Sigi Schmid said was more precautionary than anything, and Tristan Bowen is working back from a quad strain.
Evans did indicate on Twitter, at least, that he traveled to Montreal.
There is also the possible suspension of Clint Dempsey, of course, and a final decision on his punishment following appeal is expected later today. (Update: Dempsey has been suspended)
For the Impact, outside of the players ruled out to injury, forward Marco Di Vaio and Andres Romero are serving the final games of their suspensions stemming from the playoffs last year.
Di Vaio scored 20 goals last season. So how is the team different without him?
Schmid said: “Di Vaio is obviously — how do you describe him? — a cold-blooded sniper. That’s probably the best way to describe him. He’s a guy who with very few chances makes the most of it and buries things. Do the other forwards have the same cutting edge that he does? That’s the reason he keeps playing, because his cutting edge is better than theirs.
“But they’re still a very good team. Felipe Martins is a very dangerous player coming out of midfield. Justin Mapp causes problems off the dribble. Andrew Wenger has been there a few years and he’s gaining confidence, so there are still a lot of guys you have to worry about.”