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June 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Monday notes: Sounders back in action

06112012 training.JPGAfter four days off, the Sounders returned to training Monday with batteries recharged. The day was a light one as coach Sigi Schmid wanted the guys to get their feet under them after a break and action will pick up more Tuesday. Here are some notes from the day:

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— As you can see above, there were some special visitors at training. The 46th Aviation Support Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was on hand as a reward for winning an intramural tournament on base. After practice a couple servicemen participated in a skills competition with a handful of Sounders. I’ll have more on their visit in a later post.

— There was a new addition to the action: Daniel Steres, who was picked up in last week’s waiver draft. Here’s Schmid on the defender: “He played a couple of reserve games early for us in the year. He was at our combine; we liked him. We felt right now with the injuries that we had in the back that he might be somebody who could help us maybe fill something there if we need to. Right now we don’t have an opening on our roster, but you never know what happens in the next month or so.”

— Forward Dawyne Smith, the other waiver draft pick-up, wasn’t at training. Schmid said Smith might be bound to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL-Pro; the Sounders are looking into the situation. Smith is a wide player and another guy that impressed at the team’s combine. “He was another guy who if he would have been on the draft board we would have drafted,” said Schmid.

— Some quick health updates: Leo Gonzalez (quad) has returned to full training. Mauro Rosales, Eddie Johnson and Alvaro Fernandez also looked fine as guys who have overcome recent knocks. Off to the side or active were Michael Gspurning (hip), Christian Sivebaek (concussion), Adam Johansson (hamstring) and Patrick Ianni (back). “Everybody took a step forward,” said the coach.

— Schmid had no update on trying to get the Open Cup quarterfinal in San Jose pushed back a day, and there’s really no reason to think that game won’t be as its scheduled on June 26. “I play when they tell me to play,” Schmid said. “It’s something that’s there. It’s a tough game, and if everything’s equal, you’re OK with it. But it’s just something where if they say we play Tuesday, we play Tuesday. If it’s Wednesday, we play Wednesday.”

— There was also no update on the possible return of Steve Zakuani. The midfielder was in full training, as is becoming usual. Schmid said they’re still taking it day by day.

— Heading into the lone regular-season meeting with Montreal this season, Schmid was asked if he had an assessment of the preseason trade that sent Johnson to Seattle and Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle to the Impact. “I don’t know if you can assess that,” Schmid said. “That’s something you can assess better at the end of the season. Obviously Eddie’s gotten some key goals for us and contributed along the way here. Mike Fucito has moved on to another location, one we don’t like in Portland. He’s moved on to Portland and Lamar’s gotten some minutes. I think he’s picked up a key assist for them, as well, along the way. I don’t know if he has a goal in league play yet for them. I don’t think so. I don’t know what’s (Montreal coach Jesse Marsch‘s) thoughts are — How is Lamar doing? How does he see him in the future? — but certainly it was a trade that we felt at the time made sense to us and we still feel it was a trade that makes sense.”

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