Oct 30, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT
We still don’t know much about Eddie Johnson’s hamstring, which is threatening his availability for Friday’s playoff opener against Real Salt Lake.
Johnson has been more confident lately than we’ve seen him in years – since he left Kansas City back in 2007 for four lost years abroad.
With 14 goals, he was Seattle’s leading scorer this year and the league’s sixth best scorer. But Johnson left Sunday’s regular season finale in the first half and was schedule to undergo an MRI on Monday. Team officials have yet to say how that turned out.
Meanwhile, we can tell you how head coach Sigi Schmid feels about his team’s loss to Los Angeles down in Southern California to finish the regular season:
I think we are ready for the playoffs, tonight has to be a good motivator. Sometimes when you get slapped a little bit towards the end of the season it can be a good thing because it reminds you of how that feels, and it is a feeling that you don’t want to have come back. I think this team definitely has what it takes to make a run at the championship. There is enough quality on the field, enough quality on our bench, and the desire is definitely there.”
- On Jurgen Klinsmann and Michael Bradley and “playing out of position” 1
- Three things we learned from the USMNT’s late 1-1 draw in Switzerland 1
- Player ratings: Stars and flops for the USMNT in 1-1 draw at Switzerland 8
- Switzerland 1-1 USMNT: Another late equalizer cancels out Shea’s stunner 3
- VIDEO: Watch Brek Shea’s stunning free kick for USA against Switzerland 2
- Lineups out for USMNT vs. Switzerland: Williams, Morales, Shea come in; diamond in midfield 2