TUKWILA, Wash. — Seattle Sounders center back Chad Marshall gave fans quite the scare when he had to be substituted in the first half of their last MLS match on July 4 in Colorado, but it looks like he’ll be available for selection against D.C. United. A handful of other Sounders weren’t so lucky, but head coach Brian Schmetzer should have plenty of players to choose from at CenturyLink on Wednesday.
Marshall’s injury was apparently not as bad as feared, as it was initially believed he would be out for at least a month. After taking the last two weeks to rehab that foot injury, Marshall participated in his first full training session on Tuesday. Schmetzer was more than optimistic about Marshall’s chance at playing against DC. “I think he is ready. I’m pretty sure he’s gonna play.”
Osvaldo Alonso was also substituted out in that match in Colorado due to a knee injury, and it’s pretty clear that we won’t be seeing much of the club captain in the near future. Schmetzer said on Tuesday that there were no new updates on Alonso’s condition, nor an updated timeline for his return. Alonso hasn’t trained with the first team since his substitution in Colorado.
Breakout left-back Nouhou did fitness work outside on Monday and Tuesday, but his dislocated shoulder is still keeping him from participating in full sessions. Schmetzer seemed slightly optimistic that he could be available soon, but it seems unlikely that he’ll play on Wednesday. “He’s doing good, he’s got a new brace to keep his shoulder down. We were testing that out. Again, he’s a tough kid. If he can play through some of that, he’ll play.”
In non-injury selection news, the Sounders are waiting for new right-back signing Kelvin Leerdam’s paperwork to come through before Wednesday night. It seems like Brad Evans is likely to start at right-back against DC either way, but if Leerdam’s paperwork is finished, Schmetzer said “he’d be available for selection.”
Now that the transfer window has been open for a couple weeks, fans are understandably eager for the team to make more signings as the second half of the season gets into full swing. Schmetzer acknowledged that, while his team does have depth at a number of positions, current circumstances have exposed the team as rather shallow in other areas. “We’ve been kinda light. If all the guys are healthy in here, then I’d say we have a deep team.”
Losing Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris to international duty and Alonso to injury means that the team will be without three of their most vital players for at least one match. Even though Marshall’s health and Torres’ decision to turn down a Panama call-up was helpful, the team has a few holes that have yet to be filled. “We have internationals that go away, the rash of injuries we’ve had…it’s tough to call us a real deep team for a variety of reasons. But I would say when the club is healthy, then we have a deep team.”