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July 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Sounders FC train on grass surface at CenturyLink Field

centurylink turf.jpgToday was the first time the Sounders trained at CenturyLink Field since a grass surface was installed a couple weeks ago. The new turf was brought in for Wednesday’s friendly against Manchester United but will also be used in Saturday’s league game against Colorado.

Here’s some reaction to the turf:

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“The guys love playing on grass. It played really well today in our training session here, so that’s going to be exciting. It gives us an idea of how this place would work if it had grass in it. I think from the wear and tear on our bodies, it’s nice to do it. It was already going to go down for Wednesday’s game so it made sense to pick up this game as well.” — Coach Sigi Schmid.

“For these massive games we pull out all the stops and brought the sod in 10 days/two weeks ago. And it’s playing nicely. It’s great. We’ve had time to let it rest, to let it start growing. I think both teams will be happy with it on the 20th, and certainly we have a big game coming up on it with Colorado as well. … Yeah, for sure (the players love it). They’re buzzing around. It actually played pretty much like the Starfire training pitch. It’s not like they’re not on it a lot of times, but it’s fun to come in here, smell the grass, and get to run around on it.”Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager.

“The grass looks good. I think of all the games that we’ve put grass on here, this is probably the best it’s looked. I don’t know if it’s because they’ve had some time to lay it earlier and the weather’s cooperated a bit, but it feels pretty good today. The ball bounces a little bit, it’s skipping, so hopefully it’ll be solid for the next couple of games.” — Goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

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