The Sounders back line may finally be nearing full strength.
Djimi Traore, whose last league appearance came on May 24 against Vancouver, participated in full training this week. Chad Marshall, who has missed the past two matches with back spasms, also looks set to return Sunday night when the Sounders host Houston at CenturyLink Field.
“Chad has gotten through everything through the end of this week,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “We’ve stepped him up each day. He’s had no setbacks.”
Attacker Lamar Neagle also participated in full training this week.
– Nothing new on Yedlin
Right back DeAndre Yedlin, who the Sounders confirmed was overseas meeting with a European club Friday, was still missing from the Starfire training pitch Saturday.
Seattle owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer said yesterday that he expected Yedlin back in time for Sunday’s game, but Schmid was more cautious this morning.
“We have to see where the conclusion of the medical is at,” Schmid said. “… Those are things we’ll find out tomorrow.”
– Schmid doesn’t rule out additional moves
Should the rumored Yedlin transfer go through, Seattle may still look elsewhere to help fill the hole.
The Sounders freed up some salary cap room on Thursday by dealing David Estrada to D.C. United for a future draft pick.
“You can never say never,” Schmid said when asked about the possibility of additional moves, through trades or otherwise. “The transfer deadline has passed, but there are players out there who are out of contract. … We’re always looking.
“If there’s something that comes to us and appeals to us and makes sense, we have until September 15.”