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Meanwhile in Seattle...the Sounders Deal With Their Own Injuries

While the Red Bulls have their own injuries (and injury-phobia) to deal with, the Sounders might not be 100 percent, either.


Yeah, the Red Bulls might be without Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave (though we haven't heard official word yet) for Sunday's pivotal match-up against the Seattle Sounders, but it seems the weekend's opponent is struggling with their own injury problems.

As per the Seattle Timesred hot Eddie Johnson was held out of contact portions of practice with a shoulder injury, for which he'll undergo an X-ray and Clint Dempsey, the cash-rich, scoring-poor, designated player, is still dealing with the wonky hamstring that kept him out of last weekend's 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy.

Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid seems positive on Dempsey and Johnson's shoulder injury isn't really a soccer injury as much as it's a hinderance. However, we'll see how it affects the Sounders, who are still looking to find a way to fit Dempsey, Johnson, Obafemi Martins, Lamar Neagle and Mauro Rosales into the line-up to some meaningful effect.

Anyway, the potential loss of Dempsey and Johnson -- which doesn't seem super likely, but who knows? -- could be just as big an absence for the Sounders as Henry and Olave are for the Red Bulls.