Several Sounders FC fans have been counting the days to Mauro Rosales’ return.
The star midfielder suffered a slight tear in the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee during Seattle’s 3-0 win against D.C. United on Sept. 17, and the initial prognosis was a two- to four-week recovery.
Saturday’s road game in New England marks exactly two weeks from the injury, but coach Sigi Schmid said that “could be too soon” for a Rosales comeback.
“Our real goal with him is to have him ready for the game Tuesday,” said Schmid in a teleconference, referring to the U.S. Open Cup final against the Chicago Fire.
Other injured Sounders are also recovering well and could be available Saturday. Forward/midfielder Roger Levesque, who’s been nursing a hamstring injury, has been practicing without restriction the last few days. Defender James Riley (concussion) trained Thursday and will continue to be evaluated.
Pat Noonan, a veteran forward/midfielder, remains in doubt with an adductor strain.
In order to speed up the recovery process, the team flew some of those players out to the East Coast to incorporate them into the group.
• Sounders FC has sold more than 30,000 tickets for Tuesday’s Open Cup final at CenturyLink Field. To satisfy demand, the team will open the Hawks’ Nest in the north end of the stadium.