The team that the Seattle Sounders put onto the field for Leg 2 of the Western Conference semifinals will likely look a lot like the one that beat FC Dallas 3-0 in the first leg.
Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz have already been ruled out for the game, while Roman Torres has been deemed a game-time decision and Brad Evans is still something less than 100 percent fit.
“[Roman Torres] is good,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said before the team left for Dallas on Friday. “They were a little bit more active [with him] today, some sprint tests. I’ll have to see the results of how fast he got his max percentage, and we’ll keep testing him and see what happens on Sunday. He is traveling.”
Even if Torres is fit enough to play, it wouldn’t be shocking for Schmetzer to opt for continuity. Zach Scott started in Torres’ place on Sunday and after a somewhat shaky first 25 minutes settled in nicely and helped the Sounders record their second straight shutout of the playoffs.
The same can probably be said for the midfield, where Evans has been playing for most of the last couple months. Evans still appears to be dealing with the after-effects of a groin injury and while he’s looked fine off the bench, doesn’t appear to be capable of going 90 minutes.
* Additional reporting done by Spenser Davis