Alonso looks like he's out

Osvaldo Alonso will likely miss the next two games with a quadriceps injury.

Judging from what he said at practice today, it looks as if Osvaldo Alonso's quadriceps injury may be just as bad as when he initially hurt it on May 8 against Los Angeles.

"It's really frustrating because I was recuperating for two weeks, and now it's back to the start again with another two weeks of recuperation," Alonso said through an translator.

The initial plan had been for Alonso to play about 45 minutes in Wednesday's friendly against Boca Jr. and assess his fitness for Saturday's game after that, but he aggravated his injury and had to be pulled from the game in the 19th minute.

If Alonso's diagnosis is correct, the earliest he'd probably be able to return is the June 10 match against DC United. If he's not able to return for that match, he wouldn't be back until after the World Cup break.

That news comes on the heals of the Sounders learning the center back Jhon Kennedy Hurtado will likely miss most if not all of the rest of the regular season.

Luckily for the Sounders, it appears as if both Taylor Graham and newly signed Jeff Parke are ready to compete for minutes.

Graham, who said he hasn't played in a meaningful game since last April's U.S. Open Cup qualifier against Real Salt Lake, reported feeling some soreness after playing all 90 minutes against Boca, but said he feels fine otherwise.

"It was a great feeling," Graham said. "I remember walking around, looking at the fans afterwards, and as frustrating as it can be at times with injuries and not being with the team, it's nights like last night where it kind of makes it worth it. This is why you can put up with hard times because you get to do something like last night."

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