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October 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Tuesday notes: Alonso held out, White visits

The Sounders returned to practice today after a couple days off and looked to be in good spirits. Fitness coach Dave Tenney was celebrating his birthday, so he got recognized by the group toward the end.

One player of note was midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who jogged off to the side with Tenney during early drills and then went inside.

Here’s the update from coach Sigi Schmid on the two-time team MVP.

“Ozzie’s all right,” Schmid said. “We just wanted to hold him out today. … We’ve had a few of our guys who’ve been sick a little bit from the trip from Honduras — a few have had bad stomach virus. Ozzie seemed to have something different; it was more like a muscle strain. We weren’t quite sure. He felt better before the (Vancouver) game and played. We figure we have a little bit of time, so we’re trying to give him a little time to get over it.”

Everyone else, for the most part, looked to be full go (Andrew Duran is obviously still working his way back from the ACL tear).

There was a surprise visitor at training: O’Brian White. The former Sounder had his contract bought out at the beginning of the year when he couldn’t get over recurring blood clots in his leg. He hasn’t played since April of 2011 after getting off to a great start that season. We should be able to catch up with him sometime this week.

Elsewhere, a lot of the talk focused on the team nearing a sellout for Sunday’s rivalry game against Portland.

“It’s a great tribute to MLS and to the Northwest rivalries,” Schmid said. “It’s going to be an electric atmosphere.”

“It’s a special occasion, for sure,” added midfielder Brad Evans. “It’s one that we look forward to. … This is a massive game for us, as well.”

Schmid offered one prediction for the game: That there will be no penalty kicks. Seattle and Portland have combined for just one PK in 61 games this season and none since the Sounders got one on March 23 against Houston.

Anyone remember off the top of their head who earned the PK? And for you trivia experts, who was the foul called on?

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