The Sounders practiced again Wednesday on a blustery day out at Starfire (as an FYI, wind is the nemesis of voice recorders, so quotes might be short, choppy or paraphrased).
There were some visitors on site, including some guests from CenturyLink and also some winners from the KJR Kares-A-Thon, who spent some time with general manager Adrian Hanauer.
Another new face — at least recently — was Michael Tetteh, who has returned from his loan with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The NASL team lost a play-in game to the playoffs recently, which allowed Tetteh to return.
Coach Sigi Schmid said the loan went OK but was hampered when Tetteh, the team’s top pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, received a red card in a game. That resulted in a two-game suspension and, obviously, a loss of playing time and development.
“But it was good for him to stay there and fight through,” Schmid said. “He started in that last game, so that was good.”
I asked Schmid if Adam Johansson and Mario Martinez will leave the team after Sunday’s game for FIFA World Cup qualifiers with their respective countries. The coach said Johansson will join Sweden’s national team after the Timbers game, but Martinez might join up with the Honduras national team earlier.
Schmid said Martinez has a chance to start for Honduras, so the early arrival could help, especially since he might not start Sunday for the Sounders.
Lastly, Osvaldo Alonso did about half of the training session Tuesday as the team holds him back a little bit due to a slight muscle strain.
“He was full-in when he played; there were no restrictions,” Schmid said. “He should be full-in on Friday.”
Defender Patrick Ianni (adductor) looked like a full participant out there again for the second-straight day.