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RSL: Sounders, Hurricane Sandy on players' minds
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Sandy • Seattle and Sandy — the once-in-a-lifetime Atlantic storm, not the Salt Lake City suburb — have been on the mind of two RSL players and coach Jason Kreis.

Both Chris Wingert and Kyle Beckerman grew up in areas impacted by the monster hurricane Monday night, and Kreis' parents live 30 miles from the ocean in Maryland.

Wingert is from Babylon, N.Y., which is located on the south side of Long Island and took a direct hit from the record storm surge caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Wingert's parents — both retired teachers — live a half-mile from the ocean. They are on the fringe of an area that suffered catastrophic damage.

"Everybody [living] between them and the water is getting crushed," Wingert said. "There's 3 feet of standing water. Cars are just destroyed because salt water got in the engines. It's just a shame, although we've been incredibly fortunate — my family. My parents actually have power. So they feel very lucky."

Wingert's mother said Tuesday morning the worst of the storm seemed over, but Wingert worries about the days ahead.

"Insurance covers a lot, I guess," he said. "But there is incredible damage and mayhem. Everybody's going to be trying to sort out their homes and cars, and traveling around is going to be nuts."

Beckerman was born in Crofton, Md. His parents live in Ocean City.

"Everybody is, for the most part, is doing OK," he said. My parents said, 'High water, some heavy winds.' But they were lucky. They just lost some shingles. So we lucked out on this one."

Kreis' parents live in Salisbury, Md. His brother lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

"Everybody made it through perfect," Kreis said. "Nobody even had power outages. We're basically pleased that it missed them."

Johnson questionable

Seattle's leading scorer, Eddie Johnson, is questionable for Game 1 against Real Salt Lake.

Johnson, who had 14 goals during the season, suffered what the club calls a "slight hamstring strain" in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the L.A. Galaxy.

"I made a couple long runs early in the game and my hammy kind of tightened up on me," Johnson told the Seattle Times.

"… There was a play where I tried to set the defender up like I was going to come for the ball and check away and I felt a big cramp in my hamstring."

An MRI indicated the injury is not as serious as the Sounders feared.

"It's slight," coach Sigi Schmid told the newspaper. "… There's an outside chance [he could play] on Friday and, for sure, the second game shouldn't be a problem."

Game 2 in the series is scheduled for Nov. 8 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

luhm@sltrib.com

Real Salt Lake at Seattle

P Friday, 8 p.m.

TV • NBCSN

MLS • Wingert, Beckerman, Kreis worry about family in megastorm's path.
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