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Sounders to travel without Sturgis or Eylander

Seattle Sounders FC will fly to Dallas today without either starting defender Nate Sturgis or reserve keeper Chris Eylander.

Sturgis has been nursing a hamstring, but didn't recover in time to play in tomorrow night's game at FC Dallas. That means the Sounders will be without two starting fullbacks against the Hoops, as James Riley also will be out due to a red-card suspension.

Eylander is unavailable due to a knee injury that coach Sigi Schmid suggested this morning might be serious enough to land Eylander on the injured list. In his absence, the team has brought back Ben Dragavon under the league's "extreme hardship" rule. Dragavon is a 25-year-old former USL Sounder who is part of the MLS pool of goalkeepers. He played 61 minutes in SSFC's game against Kansas City when Eylander was injured and No. 1 keeper Kasey Keller was ejected.