Just ran into former Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck here at the Starbucks near Southcenter. He was always one of the best media-friendly guys on the team when I covered them.
Practice lasted a good two and a half hours at Starfire. Defender Nathan Sturgis was held out and did some running on the side, feeling the effects of a tightened hamstring that has nagged him in the past. If he can’t play Saturday, that’s the two starting outside defenders Sounders FC will be without, including the suspended James Riley who got a red card last game.
Options, according to coach Sigi Schmid, include using rookie Evan Brown or moving Tyson Wahl to the outside from central defender, where he plays in reserve games. Patrick Ianni could get the call at right back, or Brad Evans could drop back from midfielder, which he did Sunday against the Galaxy in the second half. Taylor Graham is an option to play center back with Jhon Kennedy Hurtado sliding to the outside.
As of about an hour ago, Schmid had yet to hear from the league about being fined for his comments on the officiating from last Sunday.
The Univision TV crew was at practice gathering interviews for its weekly Spanish-language TV show, “Sounders FC en Acción,” that airs Saturdays from 6-6:30 p.m. One of the hosts, Elimar Ugueto, had players singing “Happy Birthday,” (“Feliz Cumpleaños”)
to Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who turns 25 on Saturday. Osvaldo Alonso sang, and Sebastien Le Toux did, too, in French. Instead of saying Hurtado’s name, they said “Happy Birthday, El Presidente,” Hurtado’s nickname.
GK Ben Dragavon was back working out with the team. So was F-M Lamar Neagle.