It looks like Seattle Sounders FC will be short a player come MLS Cup with Oalex Anderson suffering an apparent injury at BMO Field today.
Oalex Anderson was just carried off the field by two #SoundersFC staff members. Didn't look good at all.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) December 9, 2016
Schmetzer confirmed it didn’t look good.
Schmetzer on Oalex Anderson: Said he'll have 2 check w/medical staff but,"That one was not a good one...I feel bad for that kid. #SoundersFC— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) December 9, 2016
Anderson is coming off his first full year with the Seattle first team where he made 15 appearances (334 min) . He hasn’t played for the Sounders since a 74’ substitute appearance against the Houston Dynamo on October 13th and hasn’t featured prominently (17 minutes total) for the Brian Schmetzer lead Sounders.
It is unlikely that Anderson would start on Saturday but he is the type of player that could be very useful to have on the bench for a game that holds the possibility of overtime. Toronto would not relish the idea of the 21 year old running full bore in the 100’.
While they lose Anderson it looks certain that MLS Cup will feature Seattle’s captain.
#SoundersFC MF Ozzie Alonso trained apart from team at practice today but mgr Brian Schmetzer said, "[Alonso] will play tomorrow."— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) December 9, 2016
Alonso suffered a knee injury near the end of the Western Conference Final 2nd Leg against Colorado but the week off appears to have provided the time needed to heal. Brad Evans will be in the 18, but it is unknown how much he will play.