Veteran striker Will Bruin will see the bulk of playing time up top in place of Morris, who suffered the injury Sunday vs. the Galaxy. Coach Brian Schmetzer said the injury is far more severe than last November when Morris “tweaked” his hamstring during the playoffs.
Sounders striker Jordan Morris likely will miss most of the remaining regular-season games due to a badly strained hamstring suffered in Sunday’s draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Morris underwent an MRI exam this week, and the team was delivered the bad news after that. Veteran striker Will Bruin will see the bulk of playing time up top in his place, and Clint Dempsey and possibly Lamar Neagle could see time at that spot.
“We’re not talking about days anymore, we’re talking about weeks with this one,” coach Brian Schmetzer said Wednesday. “The MRI came back and it showed a significant strain. He is a tough kid, and we’ll take it week by week.”
Schmetzer said the injury is far more severe than last November, when Morris “tweaked” his hamstring during the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Morris eventually returned and played in the semifinals two weeks later.
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With five weeks of regular season to go, the Sounders, riding a team-record 12-game unbeaten streak and battling for top spot in the Western Conference, aren’t about to risk rushing back a player they consider their future at the striker position. The team heads to Dallas for a game Saturday that could be a playoff preview.
“We’re taking it week by week,” Schmetzer said. “He’s definitely out this weekend, and then time will be the good factor or the bad factor, whichever way you want to look at it.
“If he comes back in time to help us, great. If not, that’s totally up to his healing process.”
FC Dallas sits sixth in the conference at 10-8-9, six points behind the second-place Sounders at 11-7-10.
Bruin was a perennial starter up top for the Houston Dynamo in each of his first six MLS seasons before being dealt to the Sounders this past offseason. He sits second in team goals with eight despite seeing his playing time reduced as the younger Morris gets long looks up top.
Bruin is used to taking a physical pounding and said his reduced minutes could be a bonus now that he’ll be called upon more.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “When September and October roll around, you start to feel…