As evidenced by my award-winning photography seen above, Jeff Parke and Brad Evans joined Sounders FC preseason training Saturday. They were called in the U.S. men’s national team at the beginning of the month and trained in Arizona and California in preparation for friendlies against Venezuela (1-0 win Saturday) and Panama (another 1-0 win Wednesday).
Evans played in both games and now has six caps. Parke made his first international appearance as a second-half sub Wednesday.
“It was good to have them back,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “I think the experience with the national team was good for them. It allowed us to obviously concentrate on some other people, but it’s good to have them back. I didn’t expect much from them today. I told them before practice, ‘Just get in the rhythm of it again. Tomorrow’s a day off, so don’t go crazy. Don’t injure anything.’ ”
In some other notes:
— Schmid also said he will be making some cuts before camp heads to Arizona on Monday. Those moves could be known later today.
— Expanding on previous remarks that a few guys weren’t in the best shape, the coach said there were about five players that will be some extra fitness work in Arizona. He declined to give names when asked.
— Schmid said there should be 33 field players and four goalkeepers in Arizona. Adam Johansson, who had been training with the Swedish national team, is expected to arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday. The coach also said “a couple Hondurans” will be joined the team midweek — certainly those are expected to be Harlinton Gutierrez and Ever Alvarado. Wes Feighner, the team’s final pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft, was also expected to join camp in Arizona.