Fans were invited to watch some of Sounders FC’s training session Friday at CenturyLink Field as part of the team’s annual Kickoff Luncheon. Coach Sigi Schmid was happy to see them.
“Our fans have been the backbone of this organization for a long time,” he said. “Without them, none of this would be possible. We’re very appreciative of the fans. It’s great to be able to have them attend a large part of training, and having the Kickoff Luncheon here is fantastic.”
It was a bit of a light session as the starters from Wednesday’s game had a regeneration workout and the reserves have a training game against Oregon State tomorrow.
One roster note: trialist Daniel Steres is no longer with the team.
That puts the training camp roster at 32 from what I can gather, though there was a goalkeeper I didn’t recognize there today. With O’Brian White on the disabled list, and Andrew Duran perhaps headed there, the Sounders are very close to already having room to sign midfielders Andy Rose and Alex Caskey, the lone unsigned players who have been around since the start of camp.
More pictures and notes after the jump:
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Progress is being made on the video-board at the north end of the stadium.
Here are the starters doing some light work.
Here’s Andrew Duran watching on crutches. He’s expected to be out about six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus tear.
The reserves played a small-sided game. Eddie Johnson (in orange) is expected to play some tomorrow vs. OSU, and then get some extra fitness work, presumably in hopes of starting Wednesday.
Here the coaches watch the action. Schmid is eager to have the weekend off from MLS action and just watch the games instead.
Kasey Keller and O’Brian White were on hand to watch. White is currently on the disabled list and the team is still weighing its options regarding his 2012 status. The Sounders have sought out additional medical opinions on the forward’s recurring blood clots, but a decision doesn’t have to be made until March 17th (Seattle’s MLS opener).