Without waiting for even the first question, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid opened today's press conference with a statement:
"I’ll start," he said. "I’ll save you guys all about five questions here. No comment on Alonso. If you guys have a status report on (A.J) DeLaGarza and (Marcelo) Sarvas, then I will give you a status report on Alonso. So we’ll just move past that subject."
He applied the same standard to questions about Lamar Neagle, who missed the first leg of the Western Conference finals due to an undisclosed personal situation.
Seattle lost the opener in LA, 1-0, and afterward he chided LA reporters for their inability to watch Galaxy practices or get injury information from coach Bruce Arena
After his opening statement today, Schmid was asked if there is anything MLS can do to even the playing field in terms of the injury information coming from its various clubs.
"I think it’s up to each club," Schmid said. "We’re very open in terms of letting you guys into practice, and we’re open in terms of talking each day, and other club’s don’t do that. But that’s an individual club policy. The league can mandate that you have to do so many press conferences a week or something, or I could bring a cutout of Brian Schmetzer out here with me and we could do the Richard Sherman routine amongst the coaching staff. Or I could bring Bruce's cutout and I could get his done and he could do my press conferences. It’s something that’s an individual club thing, I don’t know what the league rules are."
The league actually has an policy on injury reports, but it has evolved. Teams used to have an injury report on Tuesdays and Fridays declaring players out, doubtful, questionable or probable. The injury and side had to be declared. (Right ankle strain.) Over the last two years the league has loosed the obligation to a single injury report due 48 hours before the game with club discretion on what it cares to disclose.
"Those are important players to their team," Schmid said. "DeLaGarza is a guy who can play a number of different positions, and Sarvas I’ve said before is one of the most underrated players in the league."
Schmid had said Tuesday that he expects Alonso (leg) to be available Sunday, and the club's position has always been the Neagle was expected back.