Neither Sigi Schmid nor Bruce Arena were particularly forthcoming about the status of their injured players severald days before of the Seattle Sounders are set to host the LA Galaxy in leg 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
"I'll start. I'll save you guys all about five questions here. No comment on Alonso. If you guys have a status report on [A.J] DeLaGarza and [Marcelo] Sarvas, then I will give you a status report on Alonso. So we'll just move past that subject."
Although Arena declared that both of his injured players would "be fine," reporters were basically forced to take his word for it as Sarvas and DeLaGarza were both apparently doing fitness work in the gym. Sarvas and DeLaGarza both left Sunday's game early with injuries.
In most North American sports leagues, this kind of injury obfuscation is frowned upon. Leagues have strict rules about teams needing to declare injuries and report them once or twice a week. MLS used to have a similar policy, but since it was never really enforced it has been loosened to the point that the once-a-week injury report is effectively useless.
Whether or not such injury reporting is entirely necessary or even helpful -- even in the NFL where the reports are heavily scrutinized coaches are constantly looking to game the system -- is a valid question. Reporters like them because it gives us something to talk about, but most coaches would probably just as well keep that information to themselves.
In other words, we may have to wait until Sunday to see if Alonso -- or even Lamar Neagle -- are able to play.