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Eylander says he's ready; Sigi says hmm...

Chris Eylander was in goal for about the first hour or so of today's reserve game against the Portland Timbers. He gave up a couple of goals in what turned out to be a 3-2 loss.

After, Eylander said he felt 100 percent. However, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid wasn't so sure. Schmid thought lingering affects of the knee injury might have shown up in a costly way on the first Portland goal when Eylander knocked down the first Timber's shot, but was beaten to the lose ball in front of the goal.

Injured Sounders Pete Vagenas and Taylor Graham also participated in the game, but Schmid didn't sound like he thought either of them were going to be ready for Chivas on Saturday.

Steve Zakuani also went down for a while today, and limped off the field briefly. But he returned to action said said later that he was OK.

Schmid on Eylander: "Obviously Kasey can't play this week so we still need to call up a goalkeeper. We assume there is not going to be an issue with (Ben) Dragavon being our called-up goalkeeper. Chris, we wanted to play him today, and at first we were going to split time between the two of them, but Chris ended up playing more because Ben got minutes on Saturday. We have to evaluate Chris – how he did today and how he comes back and trains tomorrow – and then we'll know whether we think he's 100% ready to go. Even though Chris said he was ready to go, we still felt there were things that he couldn't do. The first goal today was a shot where he makes a good save, but he didn't get back up to his feet and that's one of the problems he's had with his injury. He makes that initial save, but he doesn't have the strength back to react to the second shot."

Schmid on Vagenas: "It was just good to get him out there and play. It was good to get him out on the field and then you can make an assessment of what he has to continue to work on and where he's still short. He might see himself playing, but no (he won't play)."



Schmid on Graham:

"He looked all right. It was the first minutes back, so it was good for him to get tested a little bit. The thing that he and Pete both bring to the game is that they talk. They're confident, they're experienced and as a result of that they talk and that makes the guys that play with them better."

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