Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sounders' Johnson may miss first semi against RSL
by Ridge Mahoney, October 31st, 2012 12:08AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, seattle sounders

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS INJURY REPORT] Forward Eddie Johnson is questionable for the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal series against Real Salt Lake on Friday, but the Seattle forward is expected to be available for next week’s second game.

A strained hamstring suffered by Johnson near the end of the first half of Seattle’s 1-0 loss to Los Angeles in the regular-season finale Sunday prompted an MRI exam of the injury.

“We wanted to go easy with him today and then see where he’s at tomorrow,” Schmid told the Associated Press. “It’s slight. It’s not nearly as bad as we had feared it might be. There’s an outside chance on Friday and for sure the second game shouldn’t be a problem.”

Johnson’s return to MLS after a frustrating spell in Europe provided 14 league goals for the Sounders, which finished third in the Western Conference behind RSL and Supporters’ Shield winner San Jose. His sharp form earned a callup to the U.S. national team after a two-year absence and he repaid head coach Jurgen Klinsmann with a two goals and an assist in qualifying victories over Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala earlier this month.

Sammy Ochoa replaced Johnson against the Galaxy and could get the start in his stead, though Steve Zakuani and David Estrada are also in contention for the spot. The Sounders are trying to advance past the first round of the playoffs after failing to do so in each of their first three MLS seasons. Last year’s quest was hampered by the absence of playmaker Mauro Rosales, who stayed questionable throughout a two-game series that Seattle lost to RSL.

“Certainly, we missed Mauro and if Eddie can’t play, we’ll miss him but other guys have to step up and do the business,” Schmid said.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Gold Cup: Chicharito out with broken collarbone    
Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who has been linked to a move to MLS's Orlando City, ...
What They're Saying: Jill Ellis    
"I have absolute faith and trust in our medical team to do the right thing. I ...
What They're Saying: Sepp Blatter    
"I am a religious person and pray, too. I own a golden cross that has been ...
Video Pick: Carli Lloyd recalls Jersey roots     
If you want to know more about U.S. Women's World Cup captain Carli Lloyd, scorer of ...
Three takeaways from Japan-England     
Defending champion Japan returned to the Women's World Cup final thanks to a 2-1 win over ...
ICYMI | MLS: 'Sky is the limit' for Fire's Magee    
The return of 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee comes at a good time for the Chicago ...
Jordan Morris will miss at least month with stress fracture    
Rampant speculation over the short-term and long-term futures of Stanford University and U.S. forward Jordan Morris ...
Open Cup: Red Bulls pound Cosmos, SKC's Dywer hits four    
A year ago, the New York Red Bulls were crushed by the New York Cosmos, 3-0, ...
USL Roundup: Schuler on the way back    
Defender Chris Schuler, an important player for Real Salt Lake, marked his comeback by playing for ...
U.S. Abroad: Cody Cropper joins MK Dons    
American goalkeeper Cody Cropper has signed with MK Dons, which last season won promotion from the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives