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April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Andrew Weber out with high ankle sprain; Rosales, Johansson out again?

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgHere are some more notes from Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid after Thursday’s training session at CenturyLink Field:

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— Backup goalkeeper Andrew Weber suffered a left high ankle sprain (high left ankle sprain?) in Tuesday’s training game against Portland. He’s expected to be out about four weeks after colliding with Bright Dike as the Timbers forward was scoring his team’s second goal on the night. Weber’s left foot was in a cast and he was on crutches.

— Schmid said Josh Ford isn’t ready and has indicated he likely won’t be for a while.

“We need to bring somebody in for the reserve games and so forth — we need a third goalkeeper,” said the coach, who sarcastically quipped that it seemed Kansas City and L.A. are always assigned the league pool goalkeepers.

— It sounds like the Sounders could be without midfielder Mauro Rosales (sprained knee) and defender Adam Johansson (hamstring strain) again this week. That would mark four-straight games missed by the right-sided guys.

“I don’t know if this game is the right game (for their returns), especially with us being off next week,” Schmid said. “We’ll make that determination for sure tomorrow. I think Rosales is maybe a little bit closer than Johansson right now.”

— The first afternoon game of the season will change some of Sounders’ routines Saturday. “There are no afternoon naps,” Schmid said. “Nap time is game time.”

— When it comes to working on the offense, which hasn’t scored in two weeks, Schmid said they did some drills on a short field with goal in close “to get them comfortable in those situations.” The Sounders worked on their attacking play and the coach stressed execution, finishing and better possession in the attacking third.

— Schmid pointed out a bunch of differences between the 2011 Rapids and the 2012 Rapids. Last year’s team was “very English in their style of play,” the coach said, referring to the 4-4-2 formation, more long balls played and a big forward/speedy forward combo up front. This year’s team, under new coach Oscar Pareja, is a more possession-oriented 4-3-3.

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