Here are a few notes from Sounders FC training Thursday:
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— Adam Johansson and Mario Martinez are back with the team after serving on international duty with Sweden and Honduras, respectively, for FIFA World Cup qualifiers. I’ll have more from interviews with them later today. Coach Sigi Schmid said the team took it easy on them in their first day back, but Martinez was very active and Schmid anticipates Johansson will be ready by the weekend if all goes to plan.
— It sounds like Mauro Rosales (quad) and Christian Tiffert (ankle) remain questionable going into Saturday’s game. Schmid said Rosales was closer to a return than Tiffert and determinations on their availability will come Friday or Saturday. Tiffert got a cortisone shot, so he should be feeling better.
— A quotable from Schmid: “We’re not ready to give the Cascadia Cup away yet. … We’re not going to give it away Saturday.” Here’s a blog post that explains that situation.
— Schmid also said Portland will be more of a free-flowing team now that “they pretty much realize the playoff bus has passed them.”
— Lastly, Schmid said he’d just as soon rather the Sounders not clinch a playoff berth this weekend since that scenario requires a win by league-leading San Jose, which Seattle is trying to catch in the standings. “We want half of that equation to happen,” Schmid said. “The half where we beat Portland we want to happen. We’ll take waiting a week longer if Chivas can get a result against San Jose. We’ll wait a week longer. No problem.”