Apologies for not being much of a blogger the last few days. I’ve been working on a big project, so you might want to keep an eye out. Sounders FC training ran a bit longer than expected today, forcing a condensed interview period at the end before the flight to Houston.
I did catch up with technical director Chris Henderson and sneaked in a quick question about the expansion draft, of which details were announced this morning. I asked him if having two teams taking players makes this year’s draft more difficult:
“Yeah, I think we have a really good roster and could very well lose two guys,” Henderson said. “We’re preparing for that. We’re preparing for, if we lose guys what our next moves are — trying to be ahead of the game. It’s hard to predict who these teams are looking at, who they want. I’m almost sure there will be some surprise, there always is. But we have to prepare. We lost a good player last year and it’s part of the growing league and expansion. We just have to keep working on our full roster and make sure we’re going forward.”
That roster was in full action on a chilly, overcast Thursday afternoon. Some guys did work to the side, but the numbers in regular training were higher than usual — allowing for a full scrimmage for the first time in a while.
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1. Ianni up and at ’em. Played a couple season in Houston before being traded to Seattle.
2. El Presidente Jhon Kennedy Hurtado continues to put in the work everyday.
3. While the rest of the guys stretch before a long flight, Nkufo and Schmid have a chat.