After a day off Sunday, the Sounders return to training this morning. And for the first time in two months, they’ll do so after an MLS win.
Coach Sigi Schmid had this to say after Saturday’s 2-1 win against Colorado.
“I think now we’re on a three-game undefeated streak, is that the way it works now?” he said with a laugh. “Statistics, you can turn them around any way you want to and make it appear that you’re brilliant.”
If you want to do that, the Sounders are 2-0-2 in their last four against MLS teams, including a win over San Jose in the U.S. Open Cup. A quick turnaround is back in effect, however, as Seattle hosts Chivas USA in an Open Cup semifinal Wednesday.
I’ll have some updates later this afternoon from practice, and until then, here are some links:
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— Grass will be installed at CenturyLink Field this week in anticipation of a July 18 friendly against Chelsea FC. The process was already under way by the time I left the stadium Saturday night. A few days ago, there was an appeal on Facebook to see if anyone would take the sod upon completion of the game. I know the Sounders had hopes of possibly hosting the exhibition on the new FieldTurf, but it appears the English club had other ideas. Grass was installed for the Manchester United friendly last year and was also in effect for a league game against the Rapids. More details should become available in the next few days.
— The latest transfer target of the Sounders is Spanish midfielder Joan Verdu of La Liga club Espanyol. The team has confirmed interest in the 29-year-old, and multiple reports out of Spain (here, here and here, for starters) have some details. Sounds like he’s under contract until the summer of 2013 and, if completed, the move wouldn’t likely come until the offseason. The reports claim the offer is a big one and Verdu has been invited to come visit the facilities. It also sounds like his hope is to stay with Espanyol.
— Adam Johansson has good things to say about MLS in this Swedish interview.
— The Sounders FC U-23s had a good weekend as a pair of PDL wins clinched the Northwest Division title and the franchise’s first U.S. Open Cup berth. Playoff action starts this weekend.
— Here’s a video recap of the Sounders Women’s big 5-0 win Friday over Victoria.
— It sounds like well-known broadcaster Gus Johnson will replace Ross Fletcher on the radio call of the Sounders game Sunday in New York. Fletcher is off to London as part of a previously arranged plan to cover the Olympics.
— Might the Sounders see a new trialist soon?
— Around the league, Frank Lampard has poured cold water on the Galaxy rumors, D.C. United is set to introduce a new owner/investor on Tuesday, San Jose transferred one player and terminated the contract of another, here’s a look at some of the most improved players in MLS, and Chivas USA acquired the rights to defender Bobby Burling.
— Regarding Americans abroad, here are updates on Charlie Davies (he’s off to Denmark), Carlos Bocanegra (he’s weighing his options, which include MLS), and Michael Bradley (an expected move to AS Roma would be a good one).
— Here’s part one of a look on youth development in this country.
— Is Canada going to make a push for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
— Steve Zakuani was on “Q It Up Sports” last night.
— Lastly, from the folks at SoundersFC.com, here’s a good look of the ECS tifo Saturday in honor of longtime Sounder Zach Scott, who has played 10 full seasons here and this, his 11th, might be the best of them all. A native Hawaiian, you might remember he was gifted a paddleboard earlier this season. Scott was clearly appreciative of the display in the home locker-room after the game and said he had no idea it was coming.