Every bit of news ahead of Sunday's 6:30 PM (FS1) match between Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas is a reminder that the win over LA was merely a step towards MLS Cup, albeit a costly one. Sigi Schmid is often quite vague at this time of year, with nothing to gain by speaking specifically. Leo Gonzalez, Osvaldo Alonso and Brad Evans are all nursing various injuries. None are likely to feature in the first leg of the aggregate goal series.
Alonso, who was forced from the season finale with what seemed like a minor injury, is progressing particularly slow.
Sounds like no Alonso tomorrow. Schmid: "We're always going to hold out hope, but progress is coming along slower than we expected."— Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) October 31, 2015
Evans moved to left back to cover Leo and then took his own injury. Prior to Brad moving over Fisher was at the ready. A short discussion on the sideline resulted in Scott coming in with Fisher remaining on the sideline. Both Oniel Fisher and Zach Scott are expected to play in leg one.
If there is any solace in the rash of injuries it is that the attack is as healthy as it can be.
Dallas was without Rolando Escobar, Bakary Soumare and Kellyn Acosta in their final match of the regular season. Acosta started 21 matches as a central midfielder or left back. The other two were depth pieces only.