— O’Brian White was taking some shots on goal at the end of training today. Coach Sigi Schmid said the Sounders FC forward was also able to take part in the team’s full warm-up. Next he’ll start training as a neutral, all the while being closely monitored by the trainers. “I think three weeks, three to four, is probably a realistic timetable,” Schmid said on White’s return. “Could be sooner if we’re a little fortunate.
— Seattle will learn it’s opponent in the third-round of the U.S. Open Cup later tonight in a match between the Kitsap Pumas and Real Colorado Foxes. If Kitsap wins the next match will be June 28 at 7 p.m. at Starfire. If Colorado wins the game is June 30 at the same time and location. Schmid, his son Kurt and technical director Chris Henderson are expected to make the trip (maybe more). More details here on the potential match-ups.
— Zach Scott appears on his way up the depth chart. The veteran defender played Saturday in Toronto, when many might’ve expected Patrick Ianni instead. Scott has impressed Schmid in the reserve games, which has carried over to first-team action. “I think he’s been our best defender in the reserve games week in and week out,” Schmid said. “As we said, when a guy does well in training, he’s going to get an opportunity in the game. And if he does well in the game then he’ll continue to get opportunities. I think Zach’s worked very hard and pushed himself into the 18.” Scott was the first name mentioned, Ianni second, when Schmid talked about replacements for the suspended Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
— There are a couple new trialists in camp: Gianfranco Di Julio, a 24-year-old Venezuelan midfielder, and Cordell Cato, an 18-year old from Trinidad and Tobago. As has been mentioned several times recently, the team plans on bringing in several guys on trial in the coming weeks. Mrisho Ngassa, a 22-year-old Tanzanian, is expected to try out next month.