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Graham off IR; Montero status a mystery

Back from Sounders' training for another day. The team will work out again tomorrow morning before flying down to LA for the game against the Galaxy on Saturday night.

The only firm news I picked up on today was Taylor Graham coming off the injured list. He says he's healthy and ready to play, although he doesn't expect be be among the first 11 on Saturday.

Here's the Sounders release:

Seattle Sounders FC defender Taylor Graham has been removed from the club's Disabled List, making him immediately eligible to participate in MLS games.

Graham, 29, was placed on the Disabled List on May 29 with a fracture of the third metatarsal of his right foot. Although he has not appeared in any league matches this season, Graham started and played the full 90 minutes of a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Real Salt Lake on April 28. He also played the second half of last week's friendly with FC Barcelona.

Graham dressed for four MLS matches prior to his injury, which was sustained in training.

The Sounders FC plays at the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday night Carson, Calif. Kickoff is 8 p.m. PT

Meanwhile, it looks like Patrick Ianni might step in for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who will miss the LA game due to yellow-card accumulation. That could set up an interesting return match with LA's Landon Donavan. (See post below.)

And finally, you may have heard some reports about Fredy Montero's contract moving fully within MLS and Sounders control. GM Adrian Hanauer wouldn't comment on the report, but he did offer the interesting insight that he hasn't seen anything in any media that has correctly spelled out Montero's contract status at any point since his initial move into the league. Hmmm.