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September 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Levesque is clean-shaven and other notes from practice

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgHere are some notes from today’s training session…

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— I wasn’t as quick with the camera as Chris Egan, but yes, Roger Levesque was sporting a new, clean-shaven look today at practice. Rumor is he attended a wedding recently and the formal event could’ve been the main motivator for busting out the razor.

When asked about what it was like walking into the locker room, the veteran forward said: “A lot of interesting looks, guys not recognizing me.”

Joked coach Sigi Schmid: “We introduced him as a new player, a new signing. He introduced himself to us, told us where he was from, etc. The main thing is he got younger, which is very important.”

— Things are looking pretty good in the injury front. Mike Seamon (ankle) was out of the boot and training lightly with Steve Zakuani on the side. Besides O’Brian White, who is out after surgery, the rest of the team was in full training.

Terry Boss remains on national team duty with Puerto Rico.

— Despite the time off it was a pretty intense practice. Nate Jaqua ripped Servando Carrasco‘s penny at one point during a physical battle for the ball. Jeff Parke and Patrick Ianni each had an ice pack on an ankle afterward but appeared to be OK.

Sammy Ochoa had a nice finish for a goal at one point during a scrimmage and appears to be fitting in well. Schmid said he and Amadou Sanyang, another midseason signing, trained through the five-day break.

— When asked about the improved goal-scoring this season, Schmid gave a lot of credit to the team holding the ball better in attacking end of the field.

“We are certainly getting goals from different places on the field, I think that helps us as well, but I think the main thing is we are doing a better job of holding the ball in the final third of the field, connecting our passes, just being a little bit patient at the right time,” he said.

— Sounds like several guys went on trips during the break. Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez each went to Disneyland with family and friends.

Montero even saw a couple Sounders fans down there.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “I saw Electricity jerseys from the Sounders and they came and said hi to me.”

Montero said Osvaldo Alonso might’ve also been at Disneyland at some point, but they didn’t have a lot of time to catch up. Other players went to California, Vegas and elsewhere.

“It’s just good to get away,” said Schmid. “You don’t often get those chances to do that during the season. What’s nice about it is the last time we got a little bit of a break was after the Man United game but what was hard about that is you give them a few days off and then you’ve only got two days to prepare for the next game. What’s nice about this one is we got a full week now to get prepared for the game. It was good for them to get away.”

— Lastly, Schmid was asked an interesting question at the end of his group interview about Bob Bradley being a candidate for jobs in Egypt and Mexico and what that means.

“It’s good that American coaches are being considered. I think that’s a positive for the U.S.,” Schmid said. “Every team has to look at what their needs are but I think in the past people have felt that if you’re an American coach that you weren’t on par with a coach coming from Holland or a coach coming from Argentina or someplace like that. I think the best coaches in our country can coach. Coaching is coaching no matter what language it’s in and no matter what country it’s in. It’s great. If he’s able to get that opportunity it’d be tremendous because I think we have coaches who can coach beyond the United States if that opportunity presents itself.”

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