Here are some of today’s notes…
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— Steve Zakuani was a lively one out at Sounders FC practice today at CenturyLink Field. I asked coach Sigi Schmid for an update on the midfielder, as he continues his recovery from a broken leg:
“He’s been doing better,” Schmid said, “and he’s entering that next phase where he can do more. He can do more stuff and that always makes it a little bit easier for you as a player when you realize, ‘Hey, I can actually the ball around a little bit. I can start to run a little bit.’ He’s very encouraged. I don’t think we’ll see him back on the field this year, but for sure it bodes for next year. I know he’s setting his plans into motion so that he’s ready when we open up preseason next year.”
— Patrick Ianni continues to be hampered by the hamstring injury and Schmid said he’s not sure if the defender will be ready for the weekend. Ianni was going to do some work with a fitness coach after training.
— Midfielder Mike Seamon was walking around in a boot today. More information will be available tomorrow, but it sounds like a right ankle issue that could also have something to do with the foot. Seamon injured it while the team was gone and it’s gotten progressively worse. Again, more to come on that one.
— I have been able to confirm a Sounder at Heart report that Mauro Rosales is negotiating a contract extension with the team. I’ve been in touch with general manager Adrian Hanauer, the player’s agent Dario Sala and the midfielder himself about the efforts to keep him in Seattle. More on that coming, too.
— Lastly, it was Camper Appreciation Day out at practice today, which is why this update is coming out later than usual. An estimated 2,500 people were out there — campers and parents — getting autographs from players.
“It just gives you a great feeling,” Schmid said You realize that the sport has made an impact, that the brand has made an impact in this area and that people are accepting what we have tried to do not only on the field but also as an organization. I think it’s a tribute to our ownership and to the administrative people and the marketing people and all the efforts they put into it. But it’s also a tribute to our team because without having a good team on the field, a team that people respect and can get excited about and want to watch, then people don’t want to wear your jersey either. I think all that has sort of come together and I’m very proud of the effort our team has put in.”