The Sounders have completed what could be the last official practice of the year, depending on the result tomorrow against Portland at CenturyLink Field. The gravity of the situation wasn’t lost on coach Brian Schmetzer (or the team), but it’s fair to say that they aren’t letting the fact that the season could be over tomorrow weigh them down.
Schmetzer confirmed that Chad Marshall had successfully undergone surgery, though didn’t put a timetable on a return. He didn’t rule out a return this year however, though it seems unlikely he’d be available before the second leg of the Western Conference Championship. “Two and a half, three weeks, four weeks, that all depends on the individual,” Schmetzer said.
As far as Cristian Roldan is concerned, Schmetzer indicated it might be too optimistic to see him significantly involved in the game tomorrow. “He’s been inside doing work; at this point it might be a stretch.” Schmetzer said.
Both Harry Shipp and Brad Smith were full participants in training, and will be available for selection in the game, which certainly will provide a boost given the injury to Roldan in particular. Torres will likely slot in to replace Marshall on the back line. Stefan Frei doesn’t expect any issues with that change, given Torres performance on Sunday. “Roman is a tiny bit more aggressive than Chad,” Frei said. “But I thought when Roman came in we did well.”
The team will be ready and will look to put the pressure on Portland with the fans behind them. “It blows my mind to see that consistently.” Frei said. “At home we expect to be there with us and I know they will be, and we’ll go and move on to the next round together.”
Jordan Morris Update:
Morris continues his progression, joining the team as a neutral on some short-sided drills. Morris is certainly getting very close, but as always his return will be dictated by his recovery protocols. That said, he will certainly be ready to go for next season if he can’t quite make it back in time for the playoffs.
And he’s working on shaking off the rust on his shooting feet (yes, feet).
See everyone tomorrow!