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Here are some highlights from the team’s practice report:
— Temperatures reach a high of 70 degrees Monday with clear skies and no wind.
— Brad Evans, Taylor Graham and Pat Noonan all participated but were limited in the morning training session and took it easy in the afternoon. Blaise Nkufo (calf) did some light work and Mike Seamon (leg) sat out in the morning, but trained in the afternoon.
— All four goalkeepers earned praise in the team report, including Terry Boss, who practiced for the first time in three days after being sick.
— Sounders FC plays Real Salt Lake in a training game Tuesday at 11 a.m. PT and the team will have a live blog on its website.
— In case you missed it earlier, supplemental draft pick Corey Attaway and trialist Kerry Baptiste won’t be offered a contract and are no longer with the team. Some online reports suggest a couple more cuts are coming soon.
— Quotes from coach Sigi Schmid after the jump.
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(On Monday’s morning training session…) “It’s good. I think the day and a half off was needed by the guys and just getting away a little bit is something that is really important and now we can get back to work. The first practice when you have had a couple of days off is always a little rough around the edges sometimes so we just wanted to get some work done and work that out. But this afternoon I know we will be better and we will be ready to play tomorrow.”
(On today’s drills…) “What we wanted to do is just, again, play to the small goals. We’re working on changing the point of attack, playing tight to the big goal so we get opportunities to finish and opportunities to scores goals and then we did a little bit of finishing as well. We stay away from that generally in the first week because muscles are a little too tight we don’t want to do a lot of shooting. But this week we will get into a little more shooting and things like that. This afternoon they will do a little bit of shooting on their own and in groups and sort of have their own time. It was good. We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish.”
(On injured players…) “Brad [Evans] still feels the tweak a little bit but he can play as long as he avoids striking certain balls at this stage so it’s not where it’s hurting the practice performance. We got to see [Pat] Noonan, the first time he was full-on in. And Taylor [Graham] we tried to keep more as a neutral. So now it’s a matter of how they feel going into the afternoon. Noonan said he felt pretty good. It’s just general muscle soreness because he’s behind the other guys in terms of fitness.”
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Lastly, at the end of this clip you can watch Brad Evans’ goal in the training game Friday.