A groin strain has put in doubt Steve Zakuani's availability for Tuesday's First Kick against the LA Galaxy. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Not much insight here, but this is what Sigi said at training on Sunday, "They are doing OK. They are both making progress and we will make a determination tomorrow."
Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans both trained with the team today, and Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid seemed to indicate that both could potentially be ready to play on Tuesday. Of the two, Evans seems to be more likely to be fully fit.
"Obviously they did some work today so now the thing is how they feel tomorrow," Schmid said after practice on Saturday. "We are pretty pleased with what they were able to do today. Both of them were able to run a bit so we were happy about that."
Sounders officials said Zakuani has a "small tear of the adductor longus," which apparently translates to a groin strain. It's the same kind of injury Mike Fucito suffered, but less severe. Zakuani's availability will be determined in the next couple of days.
There's no question that the preference is for Zakuani to be fit enough to play. But unless he's 100 percent, it seems highly unlikely that Sounders coaches would risk starting him. That brings us to who the most likely replacement would be. Schmid mentioned several possibilities, naming no fewer than a half-dozen players that might spell Zakuani. Pat Noonan, Miguel Montano, Lamar Neagle, David Estrada, Michael Tetteh and even Evans were mentioned as possible starters at LM.
We now pose the question to you, dear reader: Assuming Zakuani is not fully fit, who do you want to see starting on Tuesday? And please, explain your thinking in the comments.
Who would you like to see start at LM on Tuesday against the LA Galaxy.
If Zakuani can walk, he should start (36 votes)
Just move Evans over to LM and see what Friberg can do at CM (118 votes)
Play Friberg at LM and let Evans stay at CM (43 votes)
Trial by fire, I say, let's see what Tetteh can do (39 votes)
Up Tacoma/Federal Way, unleash Neagle (25 votes)
Has Mauro Rosales signed? Let's play him (27 votes)
You know, someone had to give Messi a chance too, let's see what Montano can do (89 votes)
Let's see how Estrada earned the nickname Samurai (14 votes)
Noonan does have those veteran wiles (6 votes)
Amazingly, there's someone else I'd like to see... (3 votes)
400 total votes