The biggest news out of Tuesday's practice session and media gathering was the health of Eddie Johnson. Sigi Schmid let the gathered media know that the MRI result from Monday was positive and that the injury was slight compared to what they expected.
"It’s a slight tweak. It’s not nearly as bad as we initially thought. We wanted to go easy with him today and see where he’s at tomorrow. It’s slight, not nearly as bad as we had feared it might be and there's an outside chance on Friday," Schmid told reporters. "And for sure the second game shouldn't be a problem."
Jeff Parke indicated that he would be able and expects to play while Patrick Ianni and Leo Gonzalez are progressing as expected.
"We'll see what we think is best," Schmid said about possible replacements if Johnson can't go. "We'll give a good look at our past games. Ochoa has played in the past. Estrada wasn't really available for them and he's certainly an option. There's Zakuani who is somebody who is now back in the mix. He's played up front before. I think we've got three options that are there and even Rosales can push up."
Sigi also expressed some relief, jokingly saying "euphoria" is the emotion he felt when getting the results. "We had thought based on the way he was feeling the day after that it wasn't that bad and the MRI confirmed it."
Options, combined with the home leg first give Seattle fans a little bit of hope after a Sunday that saw two players subbed off due to similar injury concerns.