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Seattle Sounders not ready to unleash ex-Fulham striker Johnson

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid says the club will remain cautious with new signing Eddie Johnson.

The former Fulham striker joined the Sounders just under two weeks ago but is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will not take part in Wednesday's pre-season clash with Mexican club Jaguares de Chiapas as Schmid wants to ensure he is at his peak so he does not risk further damage.

"We want to be careful," said Schmid. "He felt that today. There were really only a couple of movements that he didn't feel really good at doing. Outside of that, he says he's making good progress. He's probably 85 percent of the way back, 90 percent of the way, but we want to be careful because I think he's going to be an important player for us.

"Having had a chance to work with Eddie now for three or four days, you're surprised that his touch is very, very good. His timing, as to when he opens up, is very good. I think when we get him on the field together with Fredy Montero, I think they're going to be a very good combination."

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