A fuzzy picture of Zach Scott striking a ball in practice today. It was cold and damp.
Not much from practice today. Peter Vagenas and Taylor Graham — who had the boot off his broken foot for the first time in weeks — took part in some of practice but not the 11 v. 11 portion.
Sounders FC practices as a full team today and tomorrow, then the 18-man active roster and staff fly to Toronto for the road opener.
Coach Sigi Schmid said the team is “happy” and “satisfied” with what it has accomplished so far this season, but “we know that we still have a lot ahead of us.”
Schmid said Sounders FC’s performance last Saturday against Real Salt Lake looked better to him on tape then what he immediately saw from the field.
“I thought defensively, tactically we did all right,” he said. “It was just that we gave the ball away at times when we shouldn’t have given it away. So we forced ourselves to defend a lot more than we needed to.”
No clear-cut commitment from Schmid to continue with last week’s plan – to send in Freddie Ljungberg for up to 30 minutes.
“Obviously we want to increase his minutes, ” Schmid said, “but we’ll see how that factors in as we go.”
Defender-midfielder Nathan Sturgis will train full-bore tomorrow after not complaining of any effects from his quad injury.