Johnson questionable for Seattle's playoff opener

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Associated Press

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 2:51 PM

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson might miss the first leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals against Real Salt Lake on Friday with a hamstring strain but should be able to play in the second leg on Nov. 8.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Tuesday that Johnson's injury was less severe than first believed when he was forced to leave the regular season finale on Sunday night against Los Angeles. Johnson had an MRI on Monday and Schmid called the injury a "hamstring tweak."

Schmid said there is a chance that Johnson could play on Friday, but for sure should be ready for the return leg of the home-and-home playoff series.

If Johnson can't play, Sammy Ochoa could be the likely candidate to start. Ochoa started against Salt Lake on Oct. 17.

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