Steve Zakuani took it easy today but was on the pitch after tweaking his ankle yesterday.
That probably passes for good news, considering the way he was carted off the practice field Thursday. However, there was no firm thumbs up or down for his status for Sunday's game. And that status may have become more important because coach Sigi Schmid revealed that Sebastien Le Toux also is trying to work through an ankle roll.
"(Zakuani's ankle is) a little bit sore so we decided with both him and Sebastien Le Toux to have them lay off today and then we'll see how they feel tomorrow," Schmid said. "Seba's probably a little further along than Zakuani at this stage. (Le Toux's injury) was an ankle, he got hit on a tackle by (Carlos) Mendes and then (Kevin) Goldthwaite stepped on him, which I guess isn't a yellow card. ... He's dealing pretty well with it."
Obviously if both Zakuani and Le Toux are out -- or less than 100 percent -- that would force considerable creativity in Schmid's lineup against Colorado.
Meanwhile, the Sounders also have announced the signing of reserve goalkeeper Terry Boss, on Oregon native who has played in MLS, USL-DII and with the Puerto Rican national team.
Here's their news release:
The Seattle Sounders FC has signed goalkeeper Terry Boss, the team announced today.
Boss, 27, earned USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2008 while playing for the Charlotte Eagles. He joined the New York Red Bulls on September 15, 2008, and remained with the MLS club until being waived May 27.
A native of Philomath, Ore., Boss has been training with Sounders FC since early June. He has represented the Puerto Rico National Team three times, all in 2008.
"I was aware of Boss while he was playing in USL-2 with the Charlotte Eagles," said Coach Sigi Schmid. "He's got good size, good range, and he works very hard. He had an injury setback last year, but he's looked very sharp in his training with us and we're happy to have him. "
Boss led USL-2 in wins (11) and shutouts (9) in 2008, helping Charlotte reach the league championship game. After signing with New York he played in three reserve team games before sustaining a torn posterior cruciate ligament.
Transactions: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Signed GK Terry Boss
Terry Boss (No. 28)
Hometown: Philomath, Oregon (USA)
College: Tulsa (2000-2004)
Unfortunately, the signing was announced after I left practice today, so I had no chance to ask anyone with the Sounders about what this means to either Chris Eylander -- the No. 2 keeper who is recovering (or not) from injury -- or MLS emergency keeper Ben Dragavon, who has been with the team since Eylander went on the injured list.