Here are some Sounders health updates as the club heads into it's first game weekend of the new season.
Shalrie Joseph on his calf injury and general fitness: "It’s not that significant. I’d say it’s day to day. I just have to get fit now. It feels great today. I did a little bit more. I can’t rush it, I’ve just got to be patient, take it day for day, try to get fit, try to get back my sharpness and be ready when called upon. But it’s all about my fitness now. Once I can get fit, I think I can make an impact immediately."
Coach Sigi Schmid on Joseph and Djimi Traore, who is expected to arrive tonight: "I think more like the middle of April is probably where he should be fully fit and rounding into shape and getting enough touches and so forth. With Djimi Traore, Djimi played a little bit more for us in the preseason. He was able to go a couple of 45 minutes. With Djimi, I think it might be the middle of March or so – or toward the end of March – when he might be fully 100 percent fit as well."
Schmid on Patrick Ianni's foot injury: "Making progress. Apparently they’re letting him start to walk around without a boot, and we’ve got to see how he reacts to that. But it’s one of those things where it’s slow at the beginning, and then once it gets to a certain stage it can speed up."
Schmid on Adam Johansson: "Johansson just banged knees, he tweaked his knee a little bit. He still doesn’t feel 100 percent on it. We wanted him to do a little bit more in the warm-up today, do a little more individual work, and then we’ll evaluate him again tomorrow."
Also, a couple of us who spoke to midfielder Lamar Neagle today noticed he sounded hoarse. We asked him about that and got an explanation I hadn't heard previously.
"My voice has been going for a while," he said. "I had surgery on my vocal chords. I had surgery, I’ve got to get another one. There were just lumps. It’s pretty random. I’m fine, it’s OK. I already had the surgery in December, and I was running the next day. They had they tested. They’re fine."