After two days off, the Sounders got back to practice today at Starfire. However, defender Tyrone Marshall sat out most of the session, instead riding a stationary pick off the touchline.
“It’s an LCL (lateral collateral ligament) sprain so we will just see how it goes day by day," coach Sigi Schmid said. "Today was the first day he’s done anything and it has loosened up on him and so we will see how he feels tomorrow. So it’s day by day."
Even if Marshall is cleared, Schmid didn't commit to his place in the starting lineup Sunday at Houston.
“Patrick (Ianni) stepped in and played well (in Game 1 last week)," Schmid said. "We approach it as if Patrick is going to play again and if Tyrone is healthy to go then we will make that decision as we move towards the end of the week. ... We have to see how Tyrone goes and how he feels and everything else. I don’t want to make a speculation. I learned a long time ago that if you speculate at the beginning of the week then by the end of the week it ends up being something different.”
Marshall didn't seem any more certain than his coach.
"It's tough to say right now," he said. "It's still sore. They say it takes a couple of days for soreness. I'll cross my fingers. I was jogging today, yesterday I could hardly walk, and that's progress. Hopefully the progress keeps going how it is."