This Saturday at BC Place the charnel house that has become the Seattle Sounders season fires up again.
A Rave Green warrior writhing on the pitch has become an all too familiar image this year. Seattle has never suffered injuries like they have in 2015. Ozzie, Oba, Clint and Roman will now have missed significant chunks of the season. Brad had lingering issues as did Ivanschitz, and now it appears Chad Marshall is receiving cortisone shots and Valdez can barely practice.
The rash of injuries suffered by Seattle is serious and mysterious. Dave Tenney usually does a great job managing the sports science side of the Sounders. But this season has been rough. Sure the Sounders played a busy schedule this year, but they have done so (MLS, with CCL and USOC) before. Injuries could also be age related. One of the hallmarks of older professional athletes is injury susceptibility. As we continue to trust everyone over 30, we’ll need to manage our expectations for those players’ availability.
We will have Clint available this weekend and sometimes that’s all you need. Sure Vancouver is young and fast. But we have crafty veterans who look to exploit our northerly neighbors and continue climbing the Western table.