Alessandrini, last year’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 12 assists in his first season with the five-time MLS Cup champions, admitted he was not at his best last weekend.
“I think I need maybe one or two games more, you know, to be 100 percent,” he said after training Wednesday as the club prepared for Saturday’s game in Chicago against the Fire (12:30 p.m., Univision) at a sold-out Toyota Park. “It wasn’t easy for me. I need to get fit quickly.”
Alessandrini said he was thankful for simply getting some playing time.
“It’s good to be back and doing something,” he said. “I have to give more. In the second half, I got two or three chances, but I need one or two games more to be 100 percent.”
Dos Santos worked out off to the side on Wednesday and Schmid said he “did more work than yesterday.”
“We’ll see how that progresses,” he added.
Schmid, asked if it was “unlikely” he will play Saturday, answered, “That’s probably a fair statement.”
THE ZLATAN EFFECT
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was held out of training Wednesday for precautionary reasons but was expected to return to the practice field Thursday, Schmid said.
The Swedish international already appears to be a big draw in Chicago, where a capacity crowd of 20,000 will be on hand for the match against the Fire.
“Is it sold out? I didn’t know they had a lot of Swedes there,” Schmid said with a straight face. “Swedes and Croats, they have a lot of things. Germans, Poles … they have a lot of things there.
“Obviously Zlatan is like we said, he’s in that elite group and he’s going to draw attention wherever we go around the league. But for us, our concern is we’re not concerned about the crowd count or anything like that.
“We’re just concerned about winning games.”
Lletget said he is nearing top form as he rebounds from surgery on his left foot that limited to him to just three appearances in 2017.
He said he also had his right foot stepped on during a 0-0 tie with Vancouver on March 24. He scored his first goal in more than a year in a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles FC a week later and played 23 minutes in the loss to Sporting Kansas City.
“I’m feeling good,” he said Wednesday. Lletget has made five appearances this year, including a season-high 81 minutes against Vancouver. “I feel those early games and a lot of minutes are definitely going to help out moving on. I’m happy everything’s moving along.
“I played a small part in the last game and we’ll see about Chicago.”
Schmid has been careful in trying to limit Lletget’s minutes this season, and the 25-year-old San Francisco native said he was appreciative of the effort.
“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s tough for him (Schmid) and tough for me. I feel great physically. I’ve done well, I’ve done the hard work to get to this point.
“I think it’s a little bigger than me at the moment, if you know what I mean.”