Seattle's Evans, Hurtado back training; Rosales still out
TUKWILA, Wash. — Although the Seattle Sounders’ latest injury report lists 10 players, there are signs that it could be getting shorter soon. Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado all fully participated in practice on Wednesday and will all at least travel with the team for Saturday’s match against D.C. United (7:30 pm ET, watch on MLS LIVE).
Evans missed last weekend’s loss to the San Jose Earthquakes after coming out of the March 23 win over the Houston Dynamo with a hamstring strain.
Johnson, meanwhile, has not played in any of the Sounders’ three MLS matches. The forward has suffered a pair of different injuries, but has been a full participant in practice for the past week.
Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid also sounded optimistic about the prognosis for Hurtado (above). The center back came out of last Saturday’s game at halftime with what has been called a pelvic strain.
It’s not sounding as optimistic for Adam Johansson to play in just his second match. The Swedish defender has been held out of each of the Sounders’ past two matches while recovering from a hamstring strain. “The jury is still out on him a little bit,” Schmid said.
Seattle have also all but ruled out the imminent return of Mauro Rosales. The midfielder has not played in either of the Sounders’ past two games after spraining his knee in the season-opening win over Toronto FC. Schmid has said he hopes to have the Argentine back for next week’s game against the Colorado Rapids.
Jeremiah Oshan covers the Seattle Sounders for MLSsoccer.com and SB Nation.