Seattle Sounders Could be at Full Strength for US Open Cup Match

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It appears that the Seattle Sounders will be at full strength when they take the field Wednesday night in the semi-final match of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup against the Chicago Fire. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 pm EST and can been streamed on ussoccer.com. The winner of the game advances to the finals of the tournament to take on the winner of Tuesday night’s match between FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union.

Seattle recently had their two starting center backs return of injury this past weekend in MLS action against the Houston Dynamo. Djimi Traore has been out of action since the end of May after he suffered a torn adductor in their match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Prior to last Sunday, Traore had made only one appearance since his injury, a second half sub in the team’s friendly against Tottenham on July 19th.

Chad Marshall had been unable to play after he was involved in a car accident on July 26th. Initially he was fine but when he woke up the following Monday morning and sneezed, he started experiencing back spasms. He was sorely missed during Seattle’s two game losing streak and was welcomed back eagerly among the Rave Green faithful this past Sunday night.

Seattle was missing another player from their backline Sunday night in DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin was in street clothes after being in Europe meeting with a “big club” as Sounders General Manager Adrian Hanuer stated earlier in the week. Head Coach Sigi Schmid previously said that Yedlin was held out of the Houston match to avoid the risk of injury as the final touches are put on the transfer negotiations.

Seattle got good news Tuesday morning as Yedlin was back training with the team

“[Yedlin] is out here, he trained with us today. We think everything’s going to be finished and done,” Schmid said. “Our expectation is that he will start tomorrow.”

The Sounders have a quick turn around after this match as they travel to Sandy, UT to take on Real Salt Lake. Then the team travels back home to face the San Jose Earthquakes the following Wednesday night.

“The approach isn’t any different,” Schmid said of his mindset going into the USOC match. “You put the best team on the field that you can. You’ve got to look people’s physical situation, look at maybe rotations that make sense to you and try and get the best team on the field to win the game.”

Three games in eight days are tough for any team but I believe the Sounders embrace these kinds of things. It will be nice for a change to see Seattle have their full lineup for a match as it has been too long since that has happened.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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