SPLIT – The Seattle Sounders expect leading scorer Brad Evans to return after he missed their last game, but they still won't have the complete roster available.
Working on a short week of preparation, the Sounders will go for their third straight victory Sunday when they host the New England Revolution, who are trying to end a six-game winless streak.
Seattle (7-4-4) ran its unbeaten streak to five with a 4-2 win over New York on Thursday. It was the Sounders' highest-scoring game of the year despite the absence of Evans, who sat out with a bruised ankle.
Evans, who has four goals in 12 games, as well as defenseman Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who missed the New York game due to a red card suspension, are expected to return Sunday. However, Seattle will still be playing with a depleted roster.
Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and defenseman Leo Gonzalez each will sit out because of yellow card accumulation.
Coach Sigi Schmid also wasn't sure of the status of Freddy Montero, who was pulled against the Red Bulls in the 81st minute with tightening in his quad.
Despite having to scramble to put together a lineup, Schmid is confident the team is deep enough to withstand the absences.
"Different people have stepped up at different times," he told the Sounders' official website. "When guys have had the opportunity, they play. ... We are all Seattle Sounders and when your number is called, you've got to be ready to go."
Reserve Roger Levesque stepped up Thursday, scoring his first two goals of the season. He played 31 minutes after totaling 33 in the previous two games.
"Right place, right time - I think that's been my mentality from day one," Levesque said. "Maybe I'm not the most technical guy, but I'm always working at getting good positions."
Levesque will look to help extend New England's seven-game winless streak, which includes six league matches.
The Revolution (3-7-6) have scored a league-low 12 goals this season and have played to consecutive ties in their last two games, including 1-all last Saturday against Chicago. Rajko Lekic tied the game in the 48th minute.
New England, though, has just two goals over its last five matches.
"We have no doubts that things will get rolling," defender Darius Barnes told the team's official website. "I feel like some of the games we've played, we've deserved better results. But I think our luck's going to turn around."
However, five of the Revolution's next six games are on the road, where they are 0-5-2 while getting outscored 11-4.
Midfielder Benny Feihalber could return from an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last four games. He has one assist in six contests this season.
New England and Seattle split two meetings last season with each club winning at home.