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April 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Rosales, Johansson return to full training (Thursday notes)

04192012 training.JPGThe Sounders returned to action Thursday after a three-day hiatus from formal training. The mini-break was a welcome one, many said.

“It was good just to get away for a couple days,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “I think for the team, as well — just a little bit of a mental break as much as it was a physical break. I thought today their effort was good. They’re happy to see each other. I’m sure their wives are happy to get them back out of the house now and get them off to work again. (laughs)”

Here are some notes from Starfire:

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— Midfielder Mauro Rosales and defender Adam Johansson went through the full session without restriction, which is a great sign regarding their availability for a road game in Chicago on April 28. They were grouped together with a lot of starters during some 8v8 scrimmaging and could get some minutes in Saturday’s training game against UW. Schmid said the starters will be heavily featured Saturday, which is a game mainly scheduled to help keep the team in rhythm during the bye.

— Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez (quad) trained on the side and did some jogging, individual drills and bike work. Schmid said Flaco did more than they expected and they’ll take it easy the next couple days. They hope Fernandez is back in training by the start of next week.

Steve Zakuani could play in Monday’s MLS Reserve League game at Chivas USA, according to Schmid, which is similar to what the midfielder said on Twitter a couple days ago. Zakuani didn’t play against L.A. as the team wanted him to go through a three-day fitness cycle. “If he feels up to it and he feels good and there’s no setbacks or anything, the Chivas game might be a good one for him to come on and play a few minutes and for us to evaluate again where he’s at,” Schmid said.

— Defender/midfielder Michael Tetteh (hamstring) continues to train on the side, as well, but other than that, the Sounders are getting healthier — minus the long-term injuries like Babayele Sodade and Josh Ford.

— Schmid is happy with where the Sounders stand after five games (a franchise-best 3-1-1), especially having started 19 different players this season. Averaging two points per game “is a good place to be,” he said.

— “The only team in the league that’s really way beyond everybody else at this stage is Kansas City,” the coach added. “That’s fine. As far as I’m concerned, they can go 33-1 in the regular season. I’m OK with that. The only time we’ll meet them in the playoffs is if we both get to MLS Cup.”

— When the Sounders return to action, they’ll have five games in two weeks (three on Saturdays, two on Wednesdays).

— There are no plans to bring in help at goalkeeper with only two healthy and able to practice these days: Michael Gspurning and Bryan Meredith. Andrew Weber wasn’t wearing a cast as he watched today with the high ankle sprain. Ford, as mentioned earlier, is improving but still has a ways to go. If needed, the team will call upon MLS pool goalkeeper Brian Rowe; he was on the bench for Monday’s reserve game in L.A. and is expected to be there next week against Chivas USA.

— A couple more pictures after the jump:

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Schmid puts teams together for some scrimmaging.

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The two goalkeepers that are healthy and able to train.

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Fernandez jogs off to the side.

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Ford is slowly starting to do more and more in training.

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