SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes have suffered another body blow: starting forward Mike Fucito is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls after slightly straining a right hamstring muscle in the season opener.
Fucito played well Sunday in his San Jose debut after arriving in an offseason trade with the Portland Timbers. He suffered a minor injury in the first half but played the rest of the game. Coach Frank Yallop said Wednesday he didn't expect Fucito to practice this week in an effort to be ready for the Red Bulls.
If Fucito can't go second-year forward Sam Garza probably would earn the start alongside Chris Wondolowski. Fucito became the de facto starter because of injuries to target forwards Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart, who are recovering from offseason surgeries.
The Quakes, which lost the opener 2-0 to Real Salt Lake, also are missing midfielder Marvin Chavez and fullback Steven Beitashour. Another forward, Marcus Tracy, also isn't ready after arriving in San Jose in September. San Jose also lost defender Dan Gargan just before the Real Salt Lake game when he re-aggravated a quadriceps muscle in practice.
Star defender Victor Bernardez was added to Honduras' roster for World Cup qualifying games March 22 and March 26, the Quakes announced Wednesday. He will miss San Jose's showdown March 23 against the Seattle Sounders, futher complicating matters for Yallop.
The coach expects the bulk of the injured players to return within three weeks.
"They all seem to be coming back around the same time," he said. "But you have to remember they haven't played a game in five months."
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