Here are a couple notes from Sounders FC practice today:
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— There was no update yet on defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who injured his right knee Sunday against Portland. Hurtado was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, so we could get an update tomorrow.
— Last week Hurtado’s wife, Daysury, gave birth to their second son, Gian Pierre. “It feels great. I’m very happy. It’s a great time. My baby is perfect and my wife is happy, too,” Hurtado told me on Friday.
— Coach Sigi Schmid said there could be an emotional letdown this week after the big Portland game. The team didn’t seem entirely focused Monday, he said, and while it’s not a huge concern one day after a game, it will need to be better Tuesday.
— Schmid appeared to leave the possibility open that Kasey Keller could play in the MLS All-Star Game on July 27. Sounders FC has a conflict with the exhibition due to a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary-round game in Panama on July 26. “Hopefully that decision (on Keller) will be left to us and for us to make without outside pressures,” Schmid said.
— Further referencing a conflict with the all-star game, Schmid joked: “I’m sure they can find a couple more guys from L.A. and New York to play.”
— Rookie midfielder/defender Michael Tetteh rejoined training from a short loan spell with Orlando City, a USL Pro team. I had a good chat with him, along with another reporter after practice, and will have that update in another post.
— Tanzanian midfielder Mrisho Ngassa has joined the team on trial. This was an expected move as mentioned in this post last month. There are a couple new faces in camp that I’ll try to track down tomorrow.