Needless to say, Sunday felt a lot better for the Sounders than Thursday — the day after their previous game. But while the emotions are always going to be different after a fun, opening-day win compared to a disappointing blowout loss, coach Sigi Schmid wanted to keep some things the same in the return to practice.
“It’s another day at the office, another day at work, and what you want to make sure guys realize we have to work again today,” Schmid said at a rainy Starfire. “(If) we won, it means we’re working so that we can continue what we’re doing. And if we lost, we’re working to make sure that we do don’t what we were doing.”
Here are some notes from the training session:
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— Midfielder Mauro Rosales did not participate as he recovers from a knock to his right knee. He had ice on it after Saturday’s game and Schmid said he’s “doing OK. We’ll find out more tomorrow. … He’s got a little bit of swelling there, so we just have to see how it responds.”
— Forward Eddie Johnson was not with the group but did some jogging indoors as he recovers from the hip injury. Schmid said it’ll probably be “a couple weeks or more” in his recovery and the training staff is “happy with his progress.”
— Midfielder/defender Michael Tetteh (hamstring) and defender Andrew Duran (knee) also did some light work.
— Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso took a hard hit Saturday, but went through the regeneration training with the rest of the starters.
— We got a couple more minutes with Saturday’s hero David Estrada. He said he’s received a fair amount of text messages and emails from Twitter to notify him of about 400-500 new followers. He admits he has to tweet more now: “I only tweet on special occasions though — maybe today.”
Looking back, Estrada never expected to be a first-round pick and because of that he feels somewhat indebted to the team. “I’m going to work my butt off every time I’m on the field,” he said, “and I think that’s one to repay the faith they had in me in picking me so early.”
— Defender Patrick Ianni said Saturday marked his first opening-day start in his 94 MLS games played. So did it feel any different? “No. Just another game for me, honestly,” he said.
— Newcomer Marc Burch was asked about the crowd again following his first league game as a Sounder at CenturyLink Field. “It was awesome,” he said. “The crowd was crazy. Just walking down the red carpet was great — it felt like a big event. … It makes a big difference when you know people are behind you and it gets you fired up.”
— From the part of practice I watched closely, Christian Sivebaek had the best goal. Alex Caskey was also thumping dangerous shots on goal.