Chris Wondolowski

For U.S. soccer team, diagnosing an injury can be a matter of trust

For U.S. soccer team, diagnosing an injury can be a matter of trust

Imagine Stephen Curry twisting a knee while playing for the Golden State Warriors, then limping off to join the U.S. national team. Or Clayton Kershaw tweaking his elbow pitching for the Dodgers, then packing his bags to pitch in the World Baseball Classic.

Wouldn’t happen, right?

So then why were the Seattle Sounders helping Jordan Morris off the field Sunday afternoon, then helping him to the airport Sunday night to catch a flight to join the U.S. national team ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras?

“Some of this is culturally soccer,” said Garth Lagerwey, general manager of the Sounders and the man who pays Morris’ salary. “It’s a global sport and...

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