Otto Greule Jr
Sounders FC against look to start the MLS Cup Playoffs with a major injury - or not. Johnson's MRI is scheduled for today.
If you are a pessimist, when Eddie Johnson tweaked his hamstring late in the first half your heart sank. Your first thought was of the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs without Mauro Rosales and how the Seattle Sounders struggled without him. If you are an optimist you saw the substitution as precautionary.
The data does not support either opinion. Johnson will be getting an MRI today. After that the extent of the injury will be known.
"I made a couple of long runs early in the game and (the) hammy kind of tightened up on me," Johnson told reporters after the game. "My game requires making hard runs behind the back four. I tried to set the defender up, like I was going to come to the ball and check to the right. I felt a big cramp in my hamstring. I know what that feels like so I was smart, I came out. I didn't try to force it, but there's definitely something there. If I tried to play, I would have been restricted. The smart thing for me to do, what is best for the team, was for me to come out."
That could seem like in a game with different circumstances he would play through it. Over Twitter he was neither confident of health, nor worried.
Appreciate all of your concerns and kind words. I can only pray that it's not too bad. But we have a strong team with or without me.— Eddie Johnson (@eddie_johnson7) October 29, 2012
This is clearly a case of wait and see. Panic at this point is unjustifiable. The health of the team is likely more important than the final regular season standings. Healthy, the Sounders are the team that only the 'Quakes have handled in 2012.
Note: Parke seemed much more confident that he will be ready. "I didn't want to pull anything right now," he told media post game. "It's crunch time and it's more important that I'm healthy (rather) than being out there and trying to push through a game that doesn't really have too much meaning for us. It's just precaution and getting ready for next week."