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January 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Sounders FC training Thursday at VMAC — notes and photos

Those of you who have followed the blog the last year or so know my photography skills leave a lot to be desired. Couple that with poor light conditions at the VMAC… watch out.

I think I found a couple that are viewable, at least.

Anyways, regarding training, I arrived during the first of three heats of the dreaded “beep test” — something I avoided in high school P.E. class because of a soccer game. Roger Levesque lasted longest in Group 1, and I hear forever-young technical director Chris Henderson was second. David Estrada and Lamar Neagle won their respective heats after that. Some other new faces that looked particularly fit include: Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey and O’Brian White. Though in general everyone was in good shape.

After that the team did some small-side scrimmage work. Brad Evans participated fully and continues to look good. The goalkeepers were off on their end and one thing that stood out was Josh Ford‘s athleticism — that guy can jump high.

Pat Noonan, Nate Jaqua and Taylor Graham were again off on the side. Interesting to note that a lot of the guys stuck around after training to put in extra work, something Sigi Schmid pointed out in his post-practice meeting with the media. Lastly, being in Seahawks country, I saw cornerback Roy Lewis and center Chris Spencer around. To the shots:

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1. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the beep test. Believe me when I say it looks brutal.

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2. That’s GK coach Tom Dutra in the back. Carrasco, White and Tetteh (from L) are the blurry ones.

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3. Another look at Erik Friberg, the Swede. Lamar Neagle behind him has looked good in camp.

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4. Leo Gonzalez (with shorter hair than I remember last year) and Mike Fucito part ways.

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5. Fredy Montero in the foreground. Brad Evans wide open at the 20-yard line.

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6. Here’s perhaps the most under-appreciated player in the league: Osvaldo Alonso.

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