Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said that Fredy Montero would have started today's game except for his missing Friday's training session.
Here's the explanation regarding Montero, who came off the bench to score his eighth goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Vancouver.
"Freddy missed practice on Friday. It was an excused absence. He had to attend to a family matter; and it was no problem, it wasn’t a punishment or anything. He just missed a practice and we wanted to make sure that his mind was clear when he went into the game, which he was. We’re not going to turn him into Super Sub or the 12th-man of the year or anything like that even though he does well when he comes off the bench. As we’ve always said, goal-scorers are streaky a little bit. I always get a special joy when there’s a Montero goal and a Johnson goal. I think it substantiates when we’re trying to do with those two guys. And when you start adding it up now, they’re starting to get to a place where they’re probably one of the best three-four combinations in the league in terms of goal production."