The Sounders defense will add Osvaldo Alonso against Kansas City on Wednesday, but loose Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
Alonso will return after serving a two-game suspension for a dangerous tackle against Columbus. However, Hurtado will be ineligible after receiving a red card Saturday at Montreal.
Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid and the players had to say today after training at CenturyLink Field:
SCHMIDOn the decision not to appeal Hurtado's red card) I don’t think it was a red card in my opinion. I think he was going for the ball just as Werner was going for the ball. Werner got there first, and I think you could already see Kennedy turn out of it an not try to hit him. I think he was more trying to avoid it than going through it. But it was one of those where appealing it isn’t probably the smartest thing to do because it’s not one of the clear-cut, cut-and-dried cases where you could say OK, it’s mistaken identity, or that definitely obviously there was not contact or something. For sure there was contact. But I don’t think it was the blatant intent that you would expect a red card to be.
On Alonso's return) It’s important to have Ozzie back because he’s an important member of our team. But the most important thing right now is we have to play better soccer than we did in Montreal. That was a disappointing effort on our part. I know the team’s not happy with it, and we have to put the ship right on Wednesday.
HURTADOOn the red card: Personally, I didn’t understand it, but I respect the call of the ref. There are 22 guys on the field that he is trying to watch and there’s only one of him and he’s doing the best he can; and I repeat that I respect the call. But it was very frustrating.
On if the referee had given an on-field warning: On our part and on their part we all play the game as hard as we can. And it was an aggressive game, but there really didn’t seem to be any kind of warning that would have foreshadowed that kind of a call. But again, the call was made and we just have to move forward from there.
ALONSOOn his return) I’m looking forward to getting back out on the field and giving my best.