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Seattle and FCD try to fill key voids

Updated: May 5, 2011, 10:20 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

When a key player is struck down by injury, an almost predictable response seems to occur. The replacement rides an initial surge of adrenaline to match or even exceed the performance level of the previous starter. Then reality sets in, and the challenge for the manager is to coax the best out of the replacement and the players around him.

That is precisely the obstacle facing Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid. Of course, in Schmid's case, he'll have to do more than ...

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