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February 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Sounders FC’s “Welcome back to Seattle” practice: photos

It was freezing today out at Starfire, so cold that coach Sigi Schmid thought about moving the Florida trip up a day (not really, he was joking). The players that left Arizona last week were all still around and joined Nate Jaqua, Mike Seamon and Leo Gonzalez, who had all been in Seattle for various reasons. The camp roster is at 33 and can be seen in the post below.

With a few cameras around, the team mainly did fitness work and scrimmage drills Wednesday. Schmid expected the guys to be a little sluggish and rusty from having three days off, but tomorrow the fields will tighten to keep play sharp.

Nate Jaqua appeared to be the only one limited today, but he only sat out for some of the scrimmage work. Schmid jokingly introduced him to the team as a new player before the day started, but he could be back in the mix by April or so. Pat Noonan, Taylor Graham, Blaise Nkufo and Mike Seamon all looked fine.

Here are the photos o’ the day:

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1. This was my view for most of the day. Scrimmages all over the field.

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2. Nate Jaqua could be ready by the start of the season, but won’t likely play for the first few games.

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3. Leo Gonzalez, who had a child born recently, warms up. GKs in the back, coaches on the side.

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4. Blaise Nkufo and Erik Friberg, among others, do some fitness drills to start the day.

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5. Pat Noonan, who had been training in Arizona, got in a full practice for the first time in Seattle.

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6. Here’s a glance at Jonathan Prieto (middle yellow), who has battled well to still in camp.

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7. Leone Cruz (in orange) isn’t a giant, but he looks the part near Alonso, Fucito and Prieto.

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