Injuries and squad rotation are near their end. Talking to Dave ‘Softy’ Mahler on Sports Radio KJR, Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer made it clear that he rested top talent against LAFC because of the organization’s goals. Not only will he be able to start two stars with fresh legs in Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall on Wednesday, but both Roman Torres and Magnus Wolff Eikrem played limited minutes on the Sunday in order to start as well.
The news gets better for leg two. Schmetzer said Kelvin Leerdam is almost certain to travel to Guadalajara and Victor Rodriguez may also travel.
“Leerdam’s pretty darn close. He’ll probably go with us to Mexico,” coach Schmetzter told Softy. “Rodriguez is close in the sense that he’s getting back, but had a little minor setback. Maybe we take him to Mexico as well. Those two guys are closer. Ozzie’s scheduled for the end of the month.”
- Softy announced that KJR 950 AM will broadcast leg one against Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday night.
- Schmetzer said Osvaldo Alonso is on a controlled schedule and will be back March 31.
- Brian calls Handwalla Bwana ‘Handy.’