The Sounders were welcomed back to Seattle training Wednesday with clear skies at first. Over the course of the two-hour practice, however, the gray clouds came in and it got increasingly windier and colder. By the end it was pouring.
Welcome back, indeed.
With trips to Arizona and Florida complete, Sounders FC will train in town until the season opener March 15 against the LA Galaxy. Obviously there will be some preseason exhibitions in the meantime. I mentioned a few of the training notes in this post earlier today, which probably covered most of the newsy tidbits.
Otherwise the team did its usual warmups and then worked on a passing-and-moving drill. Most of the rest of the session was focused on small-side scrimmages and the guys got back into the swing of things after a few days off. Pat Noonan is a popular target in the comments section, but he looked good on the field closest to reporters. He could certainly push to be the back-up right midfielder in my opinion.
Let’s get to the shots:
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1. Trialist Mauro Rosales (L) and Alvaro Fernandez stroll out under blue skies.
2. From L: Blaise Nkufo, Leo Gonzalez and Steve Zakuani have some fun before training.
3. It was a big day for Lamar Neagle, whose signing was announced this morning. I asked him when he was walking out if he got good news; he shrugged with a knowing smile. Good for him.
4. Rookie midfielder Servando Carrasco (center) has also officially made the team. Sure, Sounders FC needed as back-up CDM, but his performance has been steady and solid.
5. Here’s another look at trialist Mauro Rosales. Will he be able to impress in the next few days?
6. This was the other new guy in camp, but we’re told he’s more of an invitee than a trialist.