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February 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Training report: Thursday scrimmages

fucito goal.jpgPhoto credit: Seattle Sounders FC

The Sounders did some scrimmage work Thursday with three 11-man teams and three 20-minute games. The lineups and details aren’t known in full, but there are a few interesting notes to glean from the official team report and Matt Gaschk’s blog post, especially if coach Sigi Schmid is looking to play a potential starting group together as much as possible:

— It sounds like Fredy Montero was partnered up top with Mike Fucito. Does Fucito have the early edge to be the second starting forward? Each had a goal Thursday.

— It appears Mauro Rosales, Lamar Neagle, Adam Johansson and Osvaldo Alonso were also on that team.

Roger Levesque, Christian Sivebaek, Mike Seamon, Babayele Sodade and Servando Carrasco were apparently on the same team. The third team appeared to consist of Jason Banton, Andy Rose and Amadou Sanyang, among others. Levesque and Sanyang had goals.

Steve Zakuani was able to play all 40 minutes. Newcomers Ever Alvarado and Harlinton Gutierres did as well.

— Goalkeeper Josh Ford has returned to Seattle to undergo medical evaluations, presumably on his knee that has been given him issues since last season.

— After the jump are some team-provided quotes from Schmid and a video report from SoundersFC.com:

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(On the scrimmages…) “It was good because we had actually wanted to play 11v11 yesterday but with the late arrivals of [Adam] Johansson and the two players from Honduras we decided to push it back by a day. We wanted to get everybody playing a good 40 minutes and I thought it was good. I thought there were some good things to be seen. I thought we were reasonably sharp at times. I thought our fitness levels were good for this early in the season.”

(On how the preseason has progressed compared to past years…) “I think we are sharper overall. And, again, I think it’s because of a good understanding within the team of they have a lot better idea of what their roles are and so forth. I thought certainly the one group out there that played the first 40 minutes with [Fredy] Montero and that group I thought looked very sharp at times. I thought Montero did some good things. I thought the partnership between [Adam] Johansson and [Mauro] Rosales you could already see that start to develop, which is very positive.”

(On younger players who stood out…) “There’s some tough decisions for us to make so it’s tough for me to say at this stage. There were some guys who definitely helped themselves today with very good performances and the energy that they put in. I’m confident we are going to be deeper than last year. Like I said, it’s a tough decision. I wish we could hold onto 32 or 33 [players].”

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