Here are some quick notes from Monday’s practice…
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— Nine trialists have been cut from preseason camp: Justin Davis, Cody Ellison, Isaiah Schafer, Manuel Asprilla, Jonas Rasmussen, Marvin Angulo, Ross LaBauex, Jose Cuevas, David Opoku.
— The non-contract guys remaining are Doug Herrick, Philip Lund, Guy Essame, Ashani Fairclough, Travis Bowen and the draft picks.
— Here’s what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after the first round of cuts: “Obviously we looked at some guys; we were happy with what we saw. We’ve kept a couple of guys out of that group. One that we let go, we said sort of, ‘Stay in touch, because we might call you back in depending on how it goes,’ because there could be a positional type of need for us there. But all our draft choices are still here and a lot of the young guys have been doing all right. We’ve been very pleased with some of the young guys who just got here.”
— Defender Patrick Ianni (foot) didn’t practice and was seen in crutches and a walking boot today by a fellow reporter. I had spotted the center back on crutches Saturday.
— So how is Ianni? “We don’t know,” Schmid said. “He’s going to have an MRI today. Apparently — I wasn’t there — he injured himself on the jump test. That’s a first. That’s a history maker. I don’t know how anybody injures himself on the jump test, but he did. Landed funny, I guess. So we’ve just got to wait and see what the MRI says.”
— So does the team maybe need to look at bringing in another center back? “We drafted (Eriq) Zavaleta as a center back primarily, so it definitely keeps him back there,” Schmid said. “Zach Scott can play inside, as well. With Zach, we’re really looking at him being more inside this year than maybe playing outside, because we figured we have (Adam) Johansson and DeAndre (Yedlin) on the right. It just means that Zach would move up into the lineup, so I don’t think it pressures us into a move yet.”
— Regarding Sunday’s trade, Schmid said Lamar Neagle had expressed to Montreal’s management that he would like to come home. Seattle had apparently been willing to shop an international slot to the Impact on draft day for a pick, so interest was there in that regard.
— Schmid said Neagle did well for the Sounders in 2011 and provides depth on the wing (particularly if Mario Martinez is in and out of the team on international duty). He can also play forward if needed. “His versatility and his ability and his desire to be back home are all things that made it come together and work,” the coach added. “We’re happy to have him back. It’s great.”
— It sounds like Neagle is actually in town and could be at training Tuesday before flying off to Arizona.
— Johansson, who has been with the Swedish national team the past few weeks, is expected to join the team’s preseason in Arizona. Martinez and Eddie Johnson will likely stay away through the Feb. 6 World Cup qualifier in Honduras. Brad Evans is more of an unknown, depending on whether he stays with the U.S. team after Tuesday’s friendly vs. Canada.
— Fitness work is starting to pick up. The guys ran a grueling drill at the end of practice that had many of them on the turf gasping for air at the end.