Seattle's Parke likely out vs. LA Galaxy

Defender unable to return from ankle sprain suffered in first leg

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TORRANCE, Wash. — Seattle’s Jeff Parke is likely out of the Sounders' Sunday
night clash with Los Angeles Galaxy (9 p.m. ET, ESPN/Deportes), head coach Sigi Schmid revealed on Saturday. The central
defender is attempting to return from an ankle sprain suffered in the first
leg of the semifinal series.

Schmid said he would speak with his trainer again on Saturday
about Parke’s availability.

“We’ll see today at training ... but there’s a greater
probability of him not playing than playing,” Schmid said.

If Parke is unable to go, veteran
Tyrone Marshall would be the most likely replacement. The Jamaican is a 13-year
MLS vet and provides Seattle with an excellent back up plan, but he found himself
on the outside looking in as Parke and Patrick Ianni created a solid
partnership in the second half of the season.

“It’s a situation where we went on a very good run with
[Jeff] Parke and [Patrick] Ianni at center backs and they continued to play
well,” Schmid said. “Tyrone was knocking on door but because of the success we
were having, there was no need to change.”

Marshall also provides grit. The 13-year veteran has a
reputation as one of the league’s most physical players, something that could
come in handy against LA’s feisty midfield pairing from the first leg: Juninho
and Dema Kovalenko.  

Marshall also has experience in Los Angeles. He won MLS
championships with the Galaxy in 2002 and 2005.