That’s the scene over here at Qwest as I write. Tomorrow’s game is shaping up to be a dress rehearsal of sorts for not just the team but its operations and stadium staff. The tarps are covering the upper deck, there are flags of some 30 nations flapping in the breeze along the side of the Hawks Nest (see photo), side boards on the field have gone up and the LED screens on both sides of the stadium are being tested.
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talked about tomorrow’s game preparations. He said there remains competition for starting jobs at a few positions (my guess is central defender and outside midfield).
As for the comfort level with the field at Qwest, Schmid said the team feels more and more comfortable with every training session.
“You get comfortable with the spatial surroundings,” he said. “Field dimensions are one thing, but some fields play big, some play small. This field plays pretty big, so by knowing where the stands are, knowing where the walls are in relationship to the sidelines, it gets everybody comfortable with those spatial things. When you’re looking and you’re hitting a diagonal ball, you sort of know ‘hey, the stands are 10 yards beyond where I need to go, so I need to put the ball here.'”