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Victor Rodriguez, Brad Smith ruled out for Galaxy match

Rodriguez has not played since July 6, while Smith has missed the last three games.

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Although Gustav Svensson appears to be fully back from his injury, the Seattle Sounders will still be without two key contributors for Saturday’s match against the LA Galaxy. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer ruled out both Victor Rodriguez and Brad Smith following Friday’s training session.

“I hope to have both of them back for Portland,” Schmetzer said. The Sounders visit the Portland Timbers on Aug. 23 in what is shaping up as a very important match.

Rodriguez appeared to be close to making a return after being a full participant in training most of last week, and he was healthy enough to make the gameday roster against the New England Revolution. But he did not play in that game and did not travel for Wednesday’s match against Real Salt Lake. He did not train with his teammates on Friday, either.

It would seem that he suffered a setback to the hamstring injury that has kept him out since July 6. Rodriguez has been dogged by injury most of the year and has only appeared in consecutive games twice since starting the first eight games of the season in which he had a goal and three assists. He’s now started in less than 40 percent and played in just about half of the matches since he signed with the Sounders in 2017.

Smith, too, has struggled with injuries at various times this year. This will be the fourth consecutive game he’s missed since being pulled in the first half from the Houston Dynamo match on July 27. He had previously missed three games at various times in the season, which has slowed his production. Smith’s five assists rank second on the team, but he’s not had one since helping set up Kelvin Leerdam’s winner on June 29.

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