The Sounders returned to training Wednesday after a couple days off. Those not in attendance were the three players on international duty (Eddie Johnson, Adam Johansson, Mario Martinez) and defender Leo Gonzalez (who will be out 2-4 weeks with a hamstring strain suffered Sunday).
Here are some other notes:
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— Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is improving every day and getting closer to an increased role. By all accounts, the first two weeks were important in terms of getting him back in shape after retirement, but the past few days he’s looked really good. Coach Sigi Schmid said an Oct. 24 CONCACAF Champions League game against Marathon “could very much be” an option for Hahnemann. More on this issue throughout the day.
— Schmid said midfielder Brad Evans is on the standby list for the U.S. men’s national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Considering the USMNT’s injury issues, it might be something to keep an eye on.
— Regarding injuries, note the Gonzalez update in the opening. Jeff Parke (who got staples in his head Sunday) was able to get through training Wednesday with no issue. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was off to the side and Schmid said the defender has a facial fracture that doesn’t require surgery. They will have to be careful, however, and possibly look into a mask he could wear.
— From what we saw in training, Marc Burch had a couple stunning goals in a small-side scrimmage. It might not be completely relevant in the context of him seeing an increased role with Gonzalez injured, but you never know. Servando Carrasco also scored on a tremendous strike.
— We chatted with goalkeeper Tom Dutra, mostly about Hahnemann, and he noted that he’ll train later in the afternoon with some of the younger goalkeepers. With five of them on the roster it can be difficult to divide up repetitions, so this is a way they’re making it work.