There is the Sounders' injury report in advance of their 1 p.m. Saturday home match with Colorado. And the number of unavailable players actually grows by one as forward Eddie Johnson is out due to national team duty. Also, that "questionable" listing for Djimi Traore has proven to be too optimistic, as coach Sigi Schmid clarified today that Traore is out.
That kind of subtraction by subtraction is the reason Schmid cited for his club is looking to end a swoon of three losses in its last four games.
"I think the reason for the losses for us in the recent streak has just been the inconsistency of the lineup that we’ve been able to bring to the table," he said today. "As a coach my philosophy has always been maybe the less talented you are the more structure you bring to your team, the more talented you are you give the players that freedom to improvise and innovate, because that’s the reason you brought those players here. We’ve been in that middle ground where we’ve had some guys, haven’t had some guys, so it’s a question of do we add some structure, do we keep them being free a little bit more, and it just hasn’t quite worked for us because of the mix of players all the time. But I’m confident that once we get that group out there consistently that we’ll get the results. We’ve been good at home lately. We need to be good at home and win these games."