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Eylander goes down ... then pops back up

The Sounders had a brief scare with goalkeeper Chris Eylander this morning at Starfire when he got hit in a scramble for the ball in a 5-on-5 short-field game.

Eylander stayed on his back a while, as teammates and coach Sigi Schmid gathered round him. Then he returned to his feet, obviously limping, but remained on the pitch and seemed to be OK as practice continued.

"He just more got kicked then anything on that particular play," Schmid said. "So it's when you're playing goals in tight, sometimes there is a few things. I think Fredy Montero got kicked right above his ankle as well. And I think Sebastien (Le Toux) got a nice bruise on his thigh from somebody coming in. But invariably that happens sometimes. But it was nothing to worry about and he bounced back."

Eylander's health has become a more important issue this week, as either he or emergency keeper Ben Dragavon will start Saturday at Chivas in place of No. 1 keeper Kasey Keller, who is out (as you may have heard) after picking up a red card last weekend for a handball outside the box.

"Obviously today was Chris' first what I'd say really full practice where he was all in on everything besides having played in the practice match yesterday," Schmid said. "So I thought he did well. I thought Ben did well. And we'll decide as we get towards the end of the week as to who is going to go."

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