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Kim Kee-Hee doesn’t make World Cup preliminary roster

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Without earning a starting role in Seattle the occasional South Korea National Team defender will have to watch the World Cup.

Kim Kee-Hee strikes the ball in the match against the Columbus Crew
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While the status of Kim Kee-Hee’s head injury is still unknown, the Seattle Sounders did get a bit of roster relief with today’s announcement of South Korea’s preliminary World Cup roster. Today’s announcement of 28 players will need to be whittled down to just 23 by June 4, though coach Shin Tae-yong said he will have that cut by June 3.

Kim left Sunday’s Sounders match in the 70th minute after a violent blow to his head that left him bleeding profusely.

Seattle will be watching other preliminary roster announcements as Nicolas Lodeiro, Gustav Svensson and Roman Torres could all potentially be called in over the next 24 hours. Preliminary rosters are to be announced on May 14 and may include up to 35 players. Those players would then join their respective national teams for training in order to make the final 23-man roster for World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Sounders host Real Salt Lake on May 26 (2 p.m., JOEtv) and travel to RSL on June 2 (6:30 p.m., JOEtv). They could be without a preliminary roster player for those matches and then get them back prior to the World Cup starting on June 14.