Lodeiro, Chad Marshall and Roman Torres should all be available, plus interim coach Brian Schmetzer reacts to the controversial non-goal in Houston.
Sounders attacking midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro is expected to play against the Timbers on Sunday in Portland, despite initial concerns that he might have to report early to Uruguayan national team camp ahead of its upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
“As far as I know, he’s playing unless somebody can tell me different,” interim Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said.
Lodeiro was at Starfire Sports on Friday morning, according to Schmetzer, though the midfielder was inside doing a re-generation session with the bulk of the survivors of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in swampy Houston.
Lodeiro netted the game-tying goal in the 94th minute of that match. He has now tallied two goals and four assists in five appearances for the Sounders since signing last month from Boca Juniors.
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– Center backs Chad Marshall and Roman Torres will also be available on Sunday, despite the former missing the Houston trip and the latter being rooted to a BBVA Compass Stadium bench for the duration of the game.
“They’re all disappointed when they don’t play,” Schmetzer said of Torres, who was expected to make his first appearance since suffering an ACL injury last September against the Dynamo. “And I actually like that.
“His situation changed a little bit because the scoreline went the way it did. I had Scenario A and Scenario B to get him minutes, and they just didn’t manifest themselves. I have the same program, the same conversation with him, that I can’t promise him game time but I’m looking to get him in.”
– Schmetzer has seen a couple of replays of Seattle’s controversial non-goal against the Dynamo, but he remained diplomatic when asked for his reaction on Friday morning.
“I saw some of them,” Schmetzer said. “The guys out there in social media do a good job. It was tough to call. For me, because it’s our team, I was going to say, ‘it was over the line.’ But it was too tough, for the (assistant referee) to get it. I think the A.R. did the best he could. He was in the best position. In his mind, it didn’t go all the way over. I’m OK with it.”