Here’s the new match schedule for Sounders FC’s remaining time in Argentina.
Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 A.M. local (4:30 A.M. PT) – at Tristán Suárez
Thursday, March 5, 9:30 A.M. local (3:30 A.M. PT) – at River Plate
Here’s a postcard from Argentina courtesy of the team:
Seattle’s training headquarters in Buenos Aires is the home of Argentinos Juniors, a first division team most famous for producing a young Diego Maradona, once considered the world’s top player and inspiration for Argentina’s 1986 World Cup championship. He now coaches his national team.
Coach Sigi Schmid and his staff attended two games as spectators during the first three nights. They watched Estudiantes defeat Bolivia’s Universitario, 1-0, in a Copa Libertadores group stage game and the next evening saw Banfield beat Rosario Central, 3-1, in a first division game.
For last Sunday’s first division match between Boca Juniors and Huracán, all players, coaches and staff who went witnessed firsthand the impassioned atmosphere of La Bombonera stadium. They stayed until the final whistle despite a thunderstorm which resulted in a drenching rain and, at times, hail, particularly in the final 20 minutes. Boca prevailed, 3-1.
On Saturday night, the team attended a dinner hosted by their tour director at his home. The team presented a Sounders FC jersey to the director following the meal. They were treated to a performance of traditional Argentinean music and dances, including the tango. The evening concluded with a magic act.
And finally, an injury report:
Jared Karkas (hamstring) is probable for Tuesday’s training game. Steve Zakuani (ankle) has been limited to partial training during the past week. Taylor Graham (foot) has been held out of training. Jarrod Smith (hip flexor) remains in Seattle. Peter Vagenas (knee) and Freddie Ljungberg (hip) have not yet joined the team for training.