Sounders international roundup, 9/7 Edition
Most, if not all, of the Seattle Sounders’ internationals have returned to the club following two-week stints with their national squads, with varying levels of success under their belts. All six at least appear to be healthy and ready to go, and head coach Brian Schmetzer said on Thursday that they will all be available on Saturday. Whether or not they’re picked to play, though, is another question. I’ve outlined a summary of each player’s experience, and will predict whether or not we’ll see them in the starting XI on Saturday.
Jordan Morris, USA
• Played 30 minutes in 4-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, and 20 minutes in 6-0 win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
• Likely to start against San Jose? Yes. The Sounders can’t really afford not to have their leading scorer.
Joevin Jones, Trinidad & Tobago
• Played 90 minutes in 4-0 loss to USA, and 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Guatemala.
• Scored both of T&T’s goals against Guatemala.
• Was mostly positioned as an attacker, rather than a full-back.
• Likely to start against San Jose? Yes.
Nicolas Lodeiro, Uruguay
• Played 60 minutes in 1-0 loss to Argentina, was an unused sub in 4-0 win over Paraguay
• Likely to start against San Jose? Yes. I get the sense that his lack of time in the second match was to allow him to get some rest for his return to the Sounders.
Roman Torres, Panama
• Played 90 minutes in 2-0 win over Jamaica, was not in the 18 in 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.
• Received a yellow card against Jamaica.
• No indication that omission against Costa Rica was injury-related. Schmetzer said that he is available to the Sounders.
• Likely to start against San Jose? Probably. As long as everything is good with him, he’s likely to start, but there’s a chance that the club continues to monitor his health and allow Brad Evans another shot at center back.
Oalex Anderson, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
• Played 90 minutes in 6-0 loss to USA, played 63 minutes in 9-3 loss to Guatemala
• Scored two goals against Guatemala
• Likely to start? No, but he hasn’t started in quite a while. He had a solid time with Vincy Heat, but the best he can do for the Sounders’ first team right now is to make the bench.
Myron Samuel, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
• Played 90 minutes in 6-0 loss to USA, played 90 minutes in 9-3 loss to Guatemala
• Samuel is currently with S2, so his standing with the first team is irrelevant.
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