These sunny and warm days are great in October but I’m sure they are almost over, hope not though.
Sounders FC came away from the Columbus win a bit banged up. D Tyrone Marshall (hamstring) and M Freddie Ljungberg (unspecified soreness) did not practice Tuesday when the team reconvened at Starfire.
Also, M Peter Vagenas is dealing with plantar fasciitis, a foot problem that is really a pain threshold thing. Vagenas didn’t practice and at least will get some time to heal up since the team has no game this weekend.
Terry Boss made the save of practice. Leaping and diving to his right to stop a bullet shot and draw some cheers from teammates and coaches.
Looks like Seattle’s practice game Friday will feature some combination of Vancouver Whitecaps players, mostly from the Caps’ residency program, it appears.
A camera crew was at practice to shoot video of players and coaches thanking Sounders FC’s fans and youth campers (in different languages) for their support this season. The short videos will air on the video boards at Qwest on Oct. 24 for the regular-season finale.
A reader alerted me to this item about every Sounders FC fan’s favorite opposing goalkeeper, from the Washington Post and Steven Goff:
D.C. United goalkeeper Josh Wicks, who was ejected from the U.S. Open Cup final last month for misconduct, has been suspended an additional four tournament games (five total) by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
MLS teams traditionally play a maximum of four games in the annual event, meaning, if the format does not change and United returns to the 2010 championship game, Wicks would miss the entire tournament plus one match in 2011. Early elimination next year would result in a longer ban the following year. (For example, two games in 2010 would mean three in ’11).
The sanctions have no bearing on Wicks’s eligibility in MLS or the Open Cup preliminary round, which is organized by the league, not the USSF.
Wicks received an automatic one-game penalty for the red card, which was issued midway through the second half after he stepped on Seattle goal scorer Fredy Montero. Wicks exchanged words with referee Alex Prus and berated fourth official Andrew Chapin, who apparently witnessed the incident and reported it to Prus.