The coach spoke to reporters after this morning’s game and offered his thoughts on the play of the reserves and an injury update. Here are his quotes, courtesy of Sounders FC:
There is no field practice Saturday nor Sunday and then the team debuts at Starfire Sports Complex Monday morning. It will practice there and at Qwest Field leading up to the opener.
On today’s friendly reserve match against Seattle Wolves) “It was good from a standpoint that guys like (Patrick) Ianni, and Tyson Wahl and Evan Brown, they all got 90 minutes. We obviously are trying to make some decisions on some people, too, with (Mike) Randolph and (Kevin) Forrest and (Tom) Taiwo. It was good for us to see that. The level was a different level then it was last night for sure. Anybody can recognize that. On the same token, you’re looking for people making good decisions. In a game like this what you want to see is good decisions, good runs, that we’re doing the right things tactically that we want to see them do.”
(On Zakuani playing today) “It was good. It was good because our expectation going in was 30 minutes for sure, let’s see if we can stretch him into 45, and then we actually were able to get 55 or 60 out of him. He felt pretty good. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, if there are any setbacks for him. It was pretty good. Little more sharpness, he could’ve had a couple goals for sure, a couple of assists as well. He did well. We got to look at him on the right side of the field for a change. Usually we play him on the left. All those things were positive.”
Is Ely Allen still in the mix?) “Yeah, he was sick, so that was the reason he wasn’t out here. Right now he’s a little bit like Linus, he’s got this cloud over him it seems. He came down to Argentina and he was a little bit under the weather there, and now he’s sick at a time where he gets a chance to play. So hopefully that cloud will disappear.”
(On injury updates) “Jarrod Smith is making progress at this stage. Taylor (Graham) is on the protocol that the doctor wanted him on. So he takes that boot off and does some work on his rehab sessions. It’s still a process with some time there. Freddie (Ljungberg) worked today, and he’ll work again this afternoon. He’s making progress. (Peter) Vagenas has stepped up his work rate a little bit. So nobody has had any setbacks from where they’re at, and hopefully they’ll continue to progress forward.”
(On Nathan Sturgis quad injury) “(Nathan) Sturgis’ quad was no worse today [then Thursday]. So we’re just doing some precautionary things. I think he is having an MRI today to make sure there’s nothing more there. Sometimes with a player like Nate, who has missed a lot of last year and missed some of the year before, it’s been a long time since he’s played like 90 minutes. The day-to-day banging on your body takes some time to get used to…We’re trying to take a good look at it, make sure nothing’s going on there to ease our minds and also ease his mind a little bit. And we’ll move forward. He says it just bothers him in certain movements and we just want to make sure there’s nothing serious going on there.”