No. 1 goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is expected to miss another week or two with a hip injury.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said the veteran keeper could return in time for the Sounders’ fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match – which would be June 5, assuming the club advances past Atlanta on Wednesday. If not, Schmid said the Sounders expect Gspurning to be ready for the MLS match at Montreal on June 16.
In the meantime, he expressed continuing confidence in Bryan Meredith, while also indicating that playing time for veteran reserve keeper Andrew Weber remains under consideration for playing time.
Meanwhile, defender Adam Johansson suffered a hamstring injury in the Columbus game. Results of a magnetic resonance imaging test weren’t revealed this afternoon, but Schmid said Johansson is not expected to be available Saturday when the club visits Chivas USA.
Finally, Schmid said the Sounders’ purchase of Atlanta’s rights to host their third-round Open Cup match Wednesday at Starfire Sports Stadium is a win-win situation.
“It’s to our benefit because of just the amount of miles that we travel,” he said. “And it’s obviously to their benefit as well because they got something out of the deal in terms of cash or something that’s greater than what they thought they would do if they hosted the game.”