It’s no secret that the Seattle Sounders have had their fair share of injury worries this season. In fact, that is a huge understatement. Injuries have been constant and at times completely threatened to derail the whole season.
The good news is that with the exception of long term absentee, Roman Torres, the Sounders are almost at full health heading into the crucial Decision Day game on Sunday.
For one of the first times in months the Sounders head into a game without any major injury doubts or concerns. It couldn’t have come at a better time.
Speaking after Friday’s training session, Sigi Schmid stated that he was excited to have the pick from his entire squad on Sunday.
It remains to be seen if the likes of Nelson Valdez and Oniel Fisher are ready for a full 90 minutes, but it is clear that they are fit enough to be in contention for the starting XI.
Despite the Sounders Decision Day opponents, Real Salt Lake, having nothing to play for having already failed to reach the playoffs, the timing of a fit Sounders roster couldn’t be better.
There have been plenty of instances of supposed underdogs taking points from playoff hopefuls of late. Look no further than Sporting Kansas City’s home defeat to a poor Colorado Rapids side.
All talk coming out of the Sounders camp this week have been positive. The squad seems focussed and fully aware of the battle they face on Sunday. They appear ready for battle and most importantly nobody is taking anything for granted.
Sounders captain Brad Evans, has been on record stating that the Sounders are facing a real battle to qualify for the last month. His Captain’s Notes earlier this week echo these earlier sentiments.
The squad is ready for one last MLS regular season showdown on Sunday. A good win against Real Salt Lake and a healthy roster heading into the playoffs should provide a good boost needed for a sustained post season run.