The Spokane Shadow are on display tonight. Unfortunately, the display won’t be quite as large as the soccer team had hoped.
Injuries have depleted the Shadow for its final preseason game in Albi Stadium. Four players won’t suit up for the game at 7 against the Kelowna Challenge, and they’re all questionable for next weekend’s USISL Premier League opener.
The latest injury occurred in practice Thursday when goalkeeper Chad Bedall suffered an apparent broken arm. He joins defender Harlan Slind (ankle), midfielder Chad Brown (hip) and forward Jim Martinson (knee) on the sideline.
The greatest loss is Bedall. To replace the Coeur d’Alene native, the Shadow has recalled another goalie from CdA, Dustin Pilcher, who was released two weeks ago.
Starting midfielder Kieran Barton could see action in the net.
The other injured players are easier to replace for a game that doesn’t count in the standings. Although teams can only dress 18 players for a league game and make four substitutions (plus a fifth if changing keepers), the Shadow will suit everyone available tonight and play with unlimited substitutions.
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