Steve Zakuani (Photo courtesy of SoundersFC.com)
We probably don't want to get our hopes up too high, but Steve Zakuani has been deemed "50-50" as being able to play in Friday's Reserve League game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. This would mark his first game action of any kind that Zakuani has done since appearing in a scrimmage against Gonzaga back on April 1. Zakuani had said he planned to play against the Chivas reserves on April 23, but ended up not appearing in that game.
"We’re going to see how he feels today, and then make a decision," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said on Thursday. "Right now we’re not sure. It’s probably 50-50. Yesterday we really backed off on him because he was really sore. We want to make sure [if he plays], it’s the right situation, and if it isn’t the right situation we’ll hold off. We’re not stuck to a time table."
Exactly who will play in that game remains a mystery outside of Zakuani, as well, especially on defense.
"I told Ezra [Hendrickson] good luck," Schmid said when asked who was going to play defense. "[Andrew] Duran is available. Probably taking a Mike Seamon or Roger Levesque and putting them in the back. Probalby have to use a couple of academy kids. We thought Leo [Gonzalez] might be able to play a bit, but based on yesterday we don’t think that’s the answer."
When asked about the chances of seeing Michael Tetteh play, Schmid didn't sound particularly optimistic there, either.
"Tetteh is able to play, but we’re still trying to be cautious because the last two times we thought he was ready, he ended up pulling his hamstring again right at the end of 45 minutes," Schmid said. "So we’re trying to limit his time.
"Everything he’s done, you figure he could start and play, go 60-90 minutes. But we’re trying to be cautious because some guys have a good feel for their body and some guys don’t and he doesn’t. He’s sometimes getting close to that edge and pushes over it and gets injured again and we’re starting back at ground zero."