“We have to make sure one of those guys is healthy all the time.”
That was Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talking about his left backs Leo Gonzalez and Dylan Remick last week. Sure enough, neither are 100 percent healthy coming out of Saturday’s 2-1 home win against Philadelphia.
Gonzalez was unavailable as he completes his recovery from a hamstring injury. Remick suffered a sprained ankle against the Union that forced him to come out early in the second half; he is expected to miss one to two weeks.
With a short turnaround to deal with, Seattle’s hope is that Gonzalez might be ready in time for Wednesday’s home game against FC Dallas.
“Leo’s trained today,” Schmid said after Monday’s practice, “so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and how he recovers from tomorrow.”
“He went hard at the end of last week. We didn’t (have him dress) for the game with the eye of that he should be able to go this week. For sure we know he’d be able to go on Sunday, and whether he’s able to start or not on Wednesday, or come off the bench, that’s something we have to decide.”
So what happens if Gonzalez is unavailable? Well, Brad Evans, the team’s Swiss Army knife, filled in Saturday and always seems to be an option in situations like this.
Schmid brought up some other possibilities: “Zach Scott is an option. He’s played left back a lot for us over the past few years, so he’s certainly an option there. Michael Azira can play both outside right or outside left back, as well, in a pinch. So we’re OK. We went with (Evans) in the game because we were losing 1-0 and we wanted to get (Marco) Pappa on the field, and we felt it made us a more offensive team.”
Evans, for what it’s worth, got through Saturday’s game fine physically, his first 90-minute game since Week 1.