Rosales, Johansson step up comeback ahead of Colorado

Sigi Schmid and Adam Johansson.

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TUKWILA, Wash. — Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson have not yet been declared fit to play, but the two right-sided Seattle Sounders appear to be getting closer to making their return.

For Johansson (above, right), this week marked his most extensive training since suffering a hamstring strain in the season’s first game.

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“He did more today, which is what we wanted to see,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters at training on Tuesday. “He felt comfortable. He didn’t do a lot of crosses or anything like that. We told him just to control himself, not to explode or go into any runs that would make it difficult.”

It was pretty much the same story for Rosales, who may be a little closer to returning as he’s been training since last week and travelled with the team for the 0-0 tie with D.C. United last Saturday.

“He did alright,” Schmid said. “He went through everything as well. We kept him as a neutral during the early part of training, but he was in the normal eight-v-eight at the end.”

Schmid said the real deciding factor about both players’ availability will likely come Wednesday, during the Sounders’ off day. 

“Both him and Johansson are veteran players, so you let them decide a little bit more,” Schmid said. “These guys know their body pretty well and know when they are ready to go.”

The Sounders host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (4 pm ET, watch LIVE online).

Jeremiah Oshan covers the Seattle Sounders for MLSsoccer.com and SB Nation.