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October 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM

The importance of today’s Sounders FC training games

First an FYI — will probably not have more than a couple of posts this weekend. Of course we’ll all be keeping an eye on the results of the games in MLS and the US national team (y Mexico tambien!) Two games left in CONCACAF WC qualifiers. Mexico is at home but El Salvador is in must-win situation. Still feel good about U.S. and Mexico being 1-2 from the region (or vice versa) when it’s all said and done.
Today’s two training games were important because Seattle has the weekend off from match play. So here’s what Sigi Schmid said.
“It was good to stay in the rhythm of playing a game. Playing a game is always different than training. Playing against somebody else is different than playing against yourself. You get tired of playing against yourself sometimes. But it was a good week of work for us. We worked hard on Tuesday. We worked fairly well on Wednesday. Thursday was not your typical day before a game. That’s why we kept the games to an hour, basically two times thirty minutes for each group because we worked a little bit on Thursday as well. They have had a good week of work. Now they get two days off and we will be back in a couple of days and then take another day off. It was important for me at this stage that we stay in our rhythm.”
Here’s D James Riley’s take:
“Like Sigi said, we had a fantastic week of training. We really got after it this week. We have the weekend off so we just wanted to stay sharp with two 30-minute halves. Just to stay sharp and work on some things and keep that same winning mentality that we’ve kind of tried to establish at the tail end of the season. It’s fortunate that we have a bye week leading up to our last two games to let some guys heal and rest and at the same time, we had a fantastic week of training.”
Riley is glad to not have to travel this weekend.
“Right now we’re definitely on a high and the mood around practice is fantastic,” Riley said. “We definitely want to go to Kansas City and get a result and then finish it up at home with Dallas and then go into the playoffs with a bit more confidence.”

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