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January 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Thursday training at the VMAC — photo reel

As you can probably tell by now, much of Thursday’s practice centered on the endurance test. Some other tests are expected to continue Friday — e.g. speed.

We’re also getting close to the first round of training camp cuts. Coach Sigi Schmid said afterward that “probably not everybody’s going to Arizona.” That doesn’t mean the decisions will come easy. Younger players, for example, have taken instruction well and applied it the next day, according to the coach.

“It’s going to be tough making decisions and competition is going to be tough in terms of filling up the spots,” Schmid said.

Let’s get to some pictures:

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Michael Gspurning surveys the scene during a pause in a scrimmage. He actually stayed around after training to practice kicking field goals and punting a football with fellow goalkeeper Andrew Weber. I would’ve taken a picture, but it was during Schmid’s interview.

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David Estrada, right, won one of the beep tests, as expected. He’s always been one of the fitter guys on the team. It’s hard not to get glimpses on former Sounder Blaise Nkufo when it comes to rookie forward Babayele Sodade.

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Cordell Cato finished second to Estrada, which particularly impressed Schmid considering the speedy 19-year-old only joined camp on Monday.

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Here some guys get ready to scrimmage. A blistering goal from Mike Fucito was one of the highlights for sure.

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The group, however large, takes off Monday for Arizona, where some others are expected to join camp (e.g. Adam Johansson, Brad Evans, Jeff Parke, Supplemental Draft pick Wes Feighner, perhaps a young duo from Honduras).

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