Sounders FC’s training session Friday at Starfire was closed until the final minutes, so there aren’t a lot of pictures to share. There are a few notes though.
— With a game tomorrow, the team has moved on from Wednesday’s lopsided loss to Mexico’s Santos Laguna. The short turnaround was actually a benefit to that end many claimed, including technical director Chris Henderson in the previous post.
— Coach Sigi Schmid didn’t have an update on Eddie Johnson‘s injury, saying “it takes a day or two to assess it.” It was described as a hip flexor injury after the game, but Schmid indicated that doctors might feel differently about it now. There’s no timetable on how long he’ll be out. I didn’t see Johnson at practice in the limited time I was there.
— It sounds like a decision on O’Brian White‘s future will be determined tomorrow. Schmid talked around questions regarding White when asked Friday. The team has the option of buying out White’s contract as he recovers from a complicated blood-clot issue, but that would have to be done before kickoff. As of now, he’s on the disabled list.
— Steve Zakuani continues to do well. Schmid said the midfielder is at a plateau now in the recovery from the broken leg and related complications, but they’ll push Zakuani in the next few weeks to get through the final stages. The coach opened the door to the possibility of Zakuani playing in a reserve league game next month (possibly April 23 at Chivas USA?). The next reserve game would be June 1 vs. Vancouver.
— Schmid said he doesn’t think the game or score would’ve been different had Kasey Keller been in goal and he praised the save Michael Gspurning made when the game was 2-1. Gspurning also didn’t feel like the goals allowed were on him. He mentioned the first one as a possibility, but said he saw it late as it came off Christian Suarez‘ foot.
— Schmid also talked about not wanting to hit the panic button and react to what he called an exception in the team’s defensive performance. If it becomes a rule, he said, they’ll make changes.