Sounders coach Sigi Schmid confirmed after training at Qwest today that Fredy Montero remains doubtful for the Saturday afternoon game against Chicago. It sounds like Mauro Rosales would once again start in Montero's place, but that there could be other changes from the lineup that started last weekend at San Jose.
"The chance of (Montero) playing on Saturday is probably unlikely at this stage," Schmid said. "There still some swelling in (his right wrist), they want to make sure that there's still no infection into the wound. He's able to do some light stuff and we had him out here so a little bit of stuff before, but unless there's a miraculous change tomorrow it doesn't look likely.
"In the first half last week (with Rosales in for Montero) I thought we played all right, but we're still looking at possibilities and possibly some lineup changes. But overall I thought offensively we did all right, and I thought Rosales had a good 45 minutes for sure."
Here's more from Sigi:
On Chicago Fire) “They have made a lot of changes. They have two completely new forwards in the two Uruguayans up front. They brought in a new center back. Corey Gibbs is new as well to the group. [Jalil] Anibaba is a draft pick. [Gonzalo] Segares returned last year. [Michael] Videira is a guy they picked up. So it’s really a team that has changed like eight of their 11 starting positions. So far they have gotten off to a good start. We hope not to have happen what other teams have had happen when they play them is take a red card because everybody that has played them so far has taken a red card. We are going to try and avoid that fate. We are looking forward for ourselves to get that first win.” On continuing to change the starting lineup) “I think as long as there is enough quality I don’t think changing the lineup is that big an issue. I think we have quality people and it’s just a matter of sometimes finding the right mix or the right formula for this particular weekend.”
On midfielder Erik Friberg) “Good. He says he feels a lot better. He was running around a lot today at training, which is good. He definitely feels better. I think he has gotten over most of it.”
On the need of a win) “For confidence it’s obviously crucial for us to get a win, just to make sure you guys stop asking us these questions and so we can move forward. For the team it becomes an important part because if we had gotten a win against Houston at home based on the way we played, if we had walked out of the L.A. game with at least a tie based upon the way we had played, if we had won the game in San Jose based upon the way we played, then we wouldn’t be having these conversations. That doesn’t change that much the way we play. Obviously you’ve got to put in that final foot to score the goals and we got to make sure we stop giving up goals, even if they are great goals.”
Finally, also this note from the club:
*Seattle’s second MLS Reserve League match at Chivas USA, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 10, has been postponed until a later date.