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January 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Some brief observations from Sounders FC’s first practice

camp0125.JPGThe first unit got to end training a little early while some of the reserves, rookies and invitees continued to scrimmage on the other half of the field. Here’s some of what I saw in Day 1:

  • Nice, lively session. James Riley showed some leadership and got on guys to keep up the level of play in a scrimmage.
  • Some positional things: Alvaro Fernandez was playing on the right, Erik Friberg was a center mid, Michael Tetteh was playing left midfield (scored a nice, tight-angled shot in off the post while being guarded by Riley on one play),
  • Kasey Keller had a particular strong save in open play. Bryan Meredith had some good moments in goal also.
  • Lamar Neagle was playing forward, looked pretty good and had a wonder goal. Just a beautiful strike that knuckled and dipped into the upper corner.
  • No sign of Jamel Wallace or Tye Perdido, who were semi-regulars at training last year. There were a bunch of invitees there, but not a lot of information was made available on them yet. They’ve got to earn it.
  • O’Brian White looks like he could be a beast, scored a great goal. Listed a 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, but looks strong.
  • Nate Jaqua and Taylor Graham sat out most of the team activities. Pat Noonan did some work on the side.
  • Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Brad Evans were out there without limitation. They’ll be monitored throughout preseason but looked strong.
  • Julien Baudet was not around as expected.
  • Didn’t get a good look at everyone on Day 1 — it was a bit of a circus at training today — but I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on what I see this preseason.

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