Sounders FC

Injured Sounder improving

Starting midfielder Brad Evans is feeling “much, much better” and could be available for Sounders FC’s opening game Tuesday at Qwest Field against Los Angeles, coach Sigi Schmid said Thursday.

Evans (hamstring) and fellow starting midfielder Steve Zakuani (hip) each went down with injuries Wednesday in Seattle’s final preseason game, a 3-1 home win against Colorado at Qwest.

“Zakuani, we don’t know yet, and we’ll find out a little bit later,” Schmid said after watching his team train at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. “Evans was feeling much, much better (Thursday), so that is good. ... We are definitely not ruling him out (for the opener).”

Schmid also had an update on reserve midfielder Mike Fucito, who went down with a hip injury Sunday during a training game with Vancouver.

“His progress has been decent,” Schmid said. “He got on the bike a lot sooner than we thought, so we just have to see how it goes. But it’s probably two-three weeks, probably end of this month, beginning of April (until he’s ready).”

Last week, forward Nate Jaqua also said he probably also won’t quite be ready in time for the First Kick game against the Galaxy.

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