When it comes to having a fully fit squad, it seems to be one step forward, one step back for the Seattle Sounders. The latest addition to the injured list is Nicolas Lodeiro, who is staying back in Seattle with a mid-right foot sprain. The Seattle attack will be without Jordan Morris, Victor Rodriguez, and Lodeiro, though Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Kelvin Leerdam did travel after missing the first leg.
It was reported last night that Lodeiro was not seen with the team in Guadalajara and the Seattle Times is now saying he has a foot sprain. His availability to meet the team in Dallas is not clear either, although a team spokesperson insisted that it was a possibility and that, at the very least, he should be back by the March 31 match.
I've been told by @lideresrebano that Nicolas Lodeiro was not seen with the group of players that trained in Guadalajara. It appears he did not make the trip but I have no information on why that is. @sounderatheart pic.twitter.com/2JLOQut8JE— Niko Moreno (@ELROLONW) March 14, 2018
Lodeiro was also replaced on the Uruguayan National Team for their China Cup matches at the end of March, giving him time to recover with the Sounders.
Plantel confirmado de 23 futbolistas de @Uruguay para disputar la China Cup.— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) March 14, 2018
La Celeste debutará el viernes 23/3 a las 8:35 h (Uy) ante República Checa.https://t.co/XTfUYi63vn pic.twitter.com/2uC26ea60T
The offense will likely need to slide Wolff and Harry Shipp in with Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin to keep a consistent attack. With what we have seen from Wolff in his limited minutes so far, there is no reason to panic without our Uruguayan playmaker. If Seattle advances past Chivas it will be testament to the depth that Garth Lagerwey and Brian Schmetzer have put together this season with three of the top five attackers missing in each leg of the quarterfinals.
Any goal Seattle scores will help them after shutting out Chivas in Seattle, a one-goal loss where they score still advances them into the semifinals where the New York Red Bulls await. A draw or win in Mexico will also send them through and put three MLS sides in the CONCACAF Champions League semis.