A 20-man Sounders squad is scheduled to take off for Dallas today en route to Torreon, Mexico, for Wednesday’s second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Santos Laguna.
Coach Sigi Schmid was asked about breaking up the trip into two parts instead making it a long one, like Santos did for last week’s first leg in Seattle.
“Everybody has to do it the way they want to do it and what they think works best,” Schmid said. “We think this works best for us and we think for the guys to get appropriate sleep is important in their recovery and their preparation for the game. So what we try to do is go halfway to Dallas, get a training session in, get a full night’s sleep and then do the rest of the trip the next day. We avoid the airport layover — just sitting in the airport and not being able to get off our feet per se — and the super-long one travel day. It splits it into two travel days, but on the same token it allows us to get an appropriate amount of sleep. We think that’s important.”
Let’s get to some links:
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— Chivas USA is another team with a couple former Sounders, and Peter Vagenas and James Riley weighed in after the loss.
— From the other game, here’s a terse postgame interview with Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry.
— U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was in Dallas for the game. He put a scarf on the Lamar Hunt statue, a new team tradition, and confirmed that Santos Laguna forward Herculez Gomez is indeed on his radar.
— NBC Sports’ Arlo White got some good reviews for his first national broadcast. No surprise there.
— Locally, broadcaster Ross Fletcher was on Q It Up Sports last night.
— One local writer thinks its time for the Sounders to more outwardly embrace their NASL roots.
— I don’t know much about Foursquare, but there’s speculation that a Sounders badge is coming soon. Maybe it’s arrived in the couple days since this post?
— Elsewhere in MLS, it sounds like Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman is sick of hearing how good the Los Angeles Galaxy is supposed to be.
— Here are some youngsters leaguewide that you might want to pay attention to this season: New York goalkeeper Ryan Meara, Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath and Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer. Early reviews are good (though MacMath debuts tonight in Portland).
— Have you noticed the West has gone 4-1 against the East so far?
— Lastly, my personal favorite, Soccer AM’s “Showboat” series.