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Tyrone Mears leaves match with hamstring injury

Mears' status for next league match against FC Dallas is undetermined.

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

As if the loss weren't bad enough, the Seattle Sounders also lost Tyrone Mears to a hamstring injury in the 80th minute. It's unclear when, exactly, the injury took place but it became apparent that something was wrong when he was unable to reach a pass that was just several feet away.

Until the injury, Mears was having a solid, if unspectacular, game. It was his half-volley that effectively set up the Sounders' first goal, but he was not quite as big a part of the attack as he was a week earlier.

Neither Mears nor fill-in head coach Brian Schmetzer had any immediate updates beyond it being a "slight hamstring tear", but the right back will undergo tests on Sunday. The Sounders' next game is a friendly against Club Tijuana on March 24, which Mears is unlikely to be available for. But it doesn't seem entirely out of the question that he might be ready in time for the Sounders' next league game on March 28 at FC Dallas.

If Mears can't go, the Sounders will be faced with several choices. Brad Evans was the second-choice right back in 2014, but has played exclusively as a center back this year. The other most likely option would seem to be rookie Oniel Fisher. Although Fisher is not yet officially signed, he was the Sounders' second-choice right back all preseason.

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