Apr 8, 2013, 11:33 AM EST
Let’s not go running to Vegas waving fists full of cash to wager on the Seattle Sounders, who still face long odds as they travel into Mexico to face Santos Laguna on Tuesday.
BUT … at least there is good news on the injury front.
Joshua Mayers from the Seattle Times reports that injured striker Eddie Johnson (pictured) may be ready to contribute, perhaps able to come off the bench Tuesday down in Torreon, Mexico. Seattle drags a 1-0 deficit into the second leg of this CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.
The winner faces with Monterrey (likely) or the LA Galaxy for a FIFA Club World Cup spot this winter.
Michael Gspurning, Seattle’s No. 1, should be available after yielding to backup Marcus Hahnemann last week due to suspension (for yellow card accumulation).
In addition to a stronger lineup, and despite Major League Soccer’s historic lack of success in competitive matches south of the U.S-Mexico border, Sounders manager Sigi Schmid insists his team will travel with a good attitude about this one. He reminds that his club just needs a goal, and that the series then looks suddenly, totally different.
Well, it does so long as Santos hasn’t already knocked two or three in by that time, which happened last year when Seattle visited Torreon in a horror show Sounders fans now prefer not to speak of.
Anyway, here’s what Schmid said, courtesy of Mayers work in the Seattle Times:
That’s what everyone is going to feel, and that’s normal. But we believe in ourselves and we believe in our ability to do a difficult thing. Like I’ve said before, it’s not going to be easy, but it’s not impossible.”
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