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September 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Notes from Monday’s practice on Rosales, Ochoa, White

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgI have to rush off to a dentist’s appointment soon, but here are some Sounders FC notes from today’s practice:

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— We’re told that Mauro Rosales‘ MRI will be in the late afternoon, which means results might not be available until the evening or possibly tomorrow. The star midfielder was walking around practice today with an ice pack around his knee. Stay tuned for more.

— There has been some interest regarding the progress of new forward Sammy Ochoa since arriving in late August, so I asked coach Sigi Schmid about him today.

“He’s getting fitter and so forth,” Schmid said. “I think he’s a little bit heavy-legged, as well, because when you’ve been off training for three to four months and you’re about three weeks into it you don’t get so much the real tiredness that you get when you’re doing the hard fitness, but more just the general achiness and fatigue, and you have to build through that. I think he’s close to where he could come off the bench and play 20-30 minutes.”

— I also asked how O’Brian White is doing after undergoing his second surgery of the season to address blood clots in his leg.

“O’Brian’s an upbeat personality, so it’s been good,” said Schmid. “I think the last time O’Brian and I talked was on Saturday. We talk every so often, at least three to four times a week. (He’s got a good) attitude. He keeps his head up and he’s ready. He wants to start progressing on things. I think this is the week they’re going to let him start to progress a little bit so we’ll see how he does.”

— Schmid further emphasized the importance of home games in the CONCACAF Champions League, which leads me to believe we’ll see some starters against CS Herediano on Tuesday. The coach said he never gets used to roster shuffling, and finding a group that can work together without much preparation is a challenge.

— Regarding his postgame comments Saturday about the officiating, Schmid said he hasn’t heard anything yet from the league, “but it’s only (Monday),” he joked. Schmid said he has a good relationship and a “pretty open dialogue” with Paul Tamberino, a former U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development who now works with MLS.

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