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Sounders injury update: Yeimar’s getting close

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TUKWILA, Wash. — There was a welcomed addition to Seattle Sounders training on Tuesday: Yeimar Goméz Andrade.

This was the first time the Sounders centerback has been anything close to a full participant in training since leaving the March 12 game against the LA Galaxy with what was eventually deemed a “high-ankle sprain.” Yeimar has missed the last six games and has been limited to jogging outside. The Sounders have allowed one goal in each of the six games he’s missed, going 2-1-3.

On Tuesday, however, Yeimar appeared to be a full participant in the four-a-side minigames the Sounders were playing. He seemed to be moving without serious limitations, although he did head inside a little earlier than most of his teammates.

We should have more information about Yeimar’s upcoming availability when head coach Brian Schmetzer addresses the media on Wednesday.

Although the Sounders have arguably the biggest match in their history next week when they begin play in the Concacaf Champions League final, they must first navigate Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Earthquakes are currently the league’s last winless team, which includes a 0-1-3 record at PayPal Park, and just parted ways with head coach Matias Almeyda. Alex Covelo was recently promoted from their MLS Next Pro team to take over for the first team and is expected to move away from the man-marking system that defined Almeyda’s tenure.

“With a new coach, we don’t know how they’re going to play,” Sounders midfielder Josh Atencio said following Tuesday’s training session. “We have to be focused on what we’re going to do because we don’t have a lot of intel into their plans. It will be important for how we approach the game.”

Having just lost to one of the league’s other bottom-dwelling teams — Inter Miami had given up a league-worst 15 goals and had never beaten a Western Conference team — the Sounders are well aware that they can’t overlook the Earthquakes.

“It’s part of being a professional and playing for a big club like the Seattle Sounders, you always approach the next game like it’s the most important one,” Sounders forward Fredy Montero said. “San Jose is the most important game for now. We’re preparing for that one. We lost our last game in MLS, so we need to get whatever points away that we lost at home.”

Having played on the Sounders U17s that won the GA Cup in 2019, Josh Atencio took some added pride in watching this year’s academy team repeat as champions. The Sounders remain the only MLS-affiliated academy to win the tournament since foreign clubs started participating in 2014.

“It’s awesome,” Atencio said. “It’s a testament to what a great club and youth setup we have here. We do a great job of preparing everyone for it.”

Part of that preparation involves having academy players train regularly with their older peers. Almost all of them have spent at least some time training with Tacoma Defiance, many have trained with the first team, and a few even traveled with the Sounders during preseason.

“All these guys are in pro environments day-to-day,” Atencio said. “They might not be on the contracts, but it’s a great proving ground. They’re in the system and it shows off.”



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Philadelphia Union take draw streak into matchup with the Portland Timbers

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Philadelphia Union (5-1-6, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Timbers (3-4-6, seventh in the Western Conference)

Portland, Oregon; Sunday, 10 p.m. EDT

LINE: Portland +139, Philadelphia +189, Draw +241; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: The Philadelphia Union play the Portland Timbers after playing to a draw in five straight games.

The Timbers are 2-1-3 at home. Bill Tuiloma leads the sixth-ranked scoring team in the MLS with four goals. The Timbers have scored 20.

The Union are 2-1-2 in road games. The Union are first in the Eastern Conference conceding only nine goals.

The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tuiloma has four goals for the Timbers. Jaroslaw Niezgoda has three goals over the last 10 games.

Daniel Gazdag has six goals and one assist for the Union. Julian Carranza has scored four goals over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Timbers: 2-4-4, averaging 1.6 goals, 4.0 shots on goal and 4.3 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.8 goals per game.

Union: 4-1-5, averaging 1.3 goals, 4.7 shots on goal and 4.7 corner kicks per game while allowing 0.7 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Timbers: Diego Gutierrez (injured), George Fochive (injured), Felipe Mora (injured), David Ayala (injured), Blake Bodily (injured), Claudio Bravo (injured), Jaroslaw Niezgoda (injured), Larrys Mabiala (injured).

Union: Mikael Uhre (injured).

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Salloi and Sporting Kansas City visit the San Jose Earthquakes

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Sporting Kansas City (3-7-3, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-4, 11th in the Western Conference)

San Jose, California; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

LINE: San Jose -156, Sporting Kansas City +402, Draw +300; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: Daniel Salloi leads Sporting Kansas City into a matchup with the San Jose Earthquakes after a two-goal showing against the Colorado Rapids.

The Earthquakes are 3-2-3 against Western Conference opponents. The Earthquakes have a 3-2 record in one-goal games.

Sporting KC is 3-5-1 in conference play. Sporting KC has a 3-2 record in games decided by one goal.

The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jeremy Ebobisse has seven goals and one assist for the Earthquakes. Jamiro Monteiro has scored three goals over the past 10 games.

Salloi has four goals for Sporting KC. Johnny Russell has scored three goals over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Earthquakes: 3-4-3, averaging 1.8 goals, 4.3 shots on goal and 6.0 corner kicks per game while allowing 2.2 goals per game.

Sporting KC: 2-5-3, averaging 1.0 goal, 3.6 shots on goal and 2.2 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.9 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Earthquakes: George Asomani (injured).

Sporting KC: Gadi Kinda (injured), Alan Pulido (injured), Daniel Salloi (injured), Nikola Vujnovic (injured), Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (injured), Andreu Fontas (injured), Ozzie Cisneros (injured), Khiry Shelton (injured), Graham Zusi (injured), Johnny Russell (injured).

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CF Montreal hosts Real Salt Lake in non-conference action

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Real Salt Lake (5-3-4, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. CF Montreal (6-4-2, second in the Eastern Conference)

Montreal, Quebec; Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT

LINE: Montreal -142, Real Salt Lake +393, Draw +273; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: CF Montreal and Real Salt Lake take the pitch in non-conference play.

Montreal is 3-1-0 at home. Montreal is 4-0-0 when it records a pair of goals.

RSL is 1-3-3 in road games. RSL is fifth in the league drawing 68 corner kicks, averaging 5.7 per game.

The teams meet Sunday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Djordje Mihailovic has scored six goals and added three assists for Montreal. Kei Kamara has three goals and three assists over the past 10 games.

Bobby Wood has two goals and one assist for RSL. Tate Schmitt has two goals over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Montreal: 6-2-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 4.5 shots on goal and 4.5 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.7 goals per game.

RSL: 4-3-3, averaging 1.1 goals, 3.8 shots on goal and 5.4 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.6 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Montreal: Mason Toye (injured), Bjorn Johnsen (injured), Tomas Giraldo (injured).

RSL: Zack Farnsworth (injured), Bret Halsey (injured), Erik Lee Holt (injured), Jonathan Menendez (injured), Anderson Julio (injured), Scott Caldwell (injured), Damir Kreilach (injured).

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