SOUNDERS FC — OUT: F Kevin Parsemain (ACL surgery); D Damion Lowe (L hip surgery). QUESTIONABLE: D Leo Gonzalez (R hamstring strain); D Dylan Remick (L ankle sprain).
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION — OUT: D Jose Goncalves (R quad strain), M Shalrie Joseph (L calf strain), D Kevin Alston (L hamstring strain).
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No changes to the Sounders’ injury report from earlier in the week, though the news continues to be positive regarding Leo Gonzalez, who was on the bench Wednesday for the Dallas game.
Coach Sigi Schmid had said that Gonzalez would be ready Sunday and held to that claim after Thursday’s practice.
“Leo’s going on the trip; we’re taking Leo along,” Schmid said. “That’s why we had him on the bench (against Dallas). We felt he could come off the bench, but we didn’t think he could probably go much beyond 45 (minutes) at that point without maybe putting him in danger of re-injury. We wanted to save that. That we didn’t have to play him is good. We think if he needs to start on Sunday, he should be able to go close to 90.”
And how is Dylan Remick coming along from the sprained ankle, an injury believed to keep him out one to two weeks?
“He’s progressing much faster than they expected,” Schmid said. “Dylan, just like last year when he had his hamstring (injury), he recovered I think a week to 10 days quicker than they expected, as well. So he’s probably on a faster track. In his mind, he feels he could be ready by next weekend.”
The injuries to New England are significant as Jose Goncalves is the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, Kevin Alston has been a regular starter at outside back, and Shalrie Joseph, of course, is a former Sounder.