Off to a franchise-worst 0-2-1 start, help appears on the way for the Sounders.
Midfielders Brad Evans and Shalrie Joseph took part in full training today and said they will be ready to play Saturday when the Sounders resume MLS action at Real Salt Lake. Meanwhile, forward Obafami Martins has tweeted that he's on his way back to Seattle after duty with the Nigerian national team.
But for all that potential benefit, coach Sigi Schmid seemed to take a cautious approach to the potential return of so many key players:
SCHMIDOn Martins: We’ve got to wait for the games on Tuesday and see how many minutes people play, make sure they come through injury-free. Obafemi hasn’t really trained with us yet: flew over here, flew over there, flew back over here now. So we’ve got to just see how he is physically. It’s important that we are healthy, and it’s important that we’re playing well as we move forward into the season. And to try an rush somebody up because we’re panicking or something because, well, we haven’t gotten a win yet, and then have him suffer an injury that takes him out for a long period of time makes no sense.
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On Evans and Joseph training: The thing is how to you feel after you rest, after go home, and how do you feel the next morning. So obviously that will dictate what we can do with them tomorrow. But it’s good to see them back out there.
On Evans and Joseph helping: Obviously they help. Shalrie sees the field really really well. Brad’s a veteran player in this league who also has found ways to score goals over they years that he’s played. So those two guys are guys that will help because they help move the ball forward.
On Djimi Traore, who had a wrap on his knee at training: It doesn’t seem like it’s anything major. He feels like he can play. It’s just precautionary to have the wrap on it.