If you saw this team at practice for the first time Tuesday, you would hardly guess they are involved in a playoff push.
Players and coaches took their turns at hitting the cross bar of a goal with a kick from the top of the penalty area after practice had ended. Two players, Tyson Wahl and goalkeeper Terry Boss, did it, as did scout/assistant coach Kurt Schmid and one of the equipment guys, a guy named Brent.
After none of them could repeat the feat again following several tries, the ball was moved closer to the goal, and Boss hit the bar twice with each foot from the top of the goal box. He won a $50 gift certificate to a local dining establishment.
Sigi Schmid recalled beating Cobi Jones after a practice one day in such a contest.
The whole team practiced today except Taylor Graham and I didn’t see Tyrone Marshall do much. Terry Cooke is no longer working with the team, nothing is imminent with him, it seems, but you never know.
Quotes from Sigi today:
On physical condition of Sounders FC players: “We had a break and we gave the guys some time off. But sometimes when you do that you get out of rhythm for a little bit. We feel pretty good about where we are in a physical capacity. We felt good about how we were at the end of the D.C. game… Fitness-wise, we feel very good about where we are at. I think we are ready for the push of these final six games. I feel good about our team.”
On remaining schedule for Sounders FC:
“Obviously you would like to have a few more at home. But the last three games on the road we have done fairly well. We won two and tied one. Sometimes it is a little easier to play on the road because the other team pushes forward a little bit more and there is a little more space in the back so you can get at them and counter. I think that helped us when we played at D.C. It helped us in L.A. as well. It is what it is so we have to accept it.”