The Sounders have completed one of their longest practices of the season. However, one player who simply jogged while the team worked was starting defender Nate Sturgis. And when I talked to him after practice, he didn't seem especially optimistic about being ready for Saturday, when the Sounders visit Dallas.
That, of course, would be double trouble for the guys in green because we already know starting back James Riley is out due to picking up that red card Sunday against LA.
Naturally, we asked Sigi Schmid what he's got in mind for filling the one or two openings in the back.
"We've had different guys who have played outside back," he said."Obviously, Evan Brown is an option there. Tyson Wahl is an option at left outside back. Patrick Ianni is an option at right back as well. … I think we have some options. We can also bring (Taylor) Graham inside and move Jhon Kennedy (Hurtado) outside. There are different ways to look at it for us. That's something we'll use this week to decide."