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Here are some notes and an updated roster upon the team’s arrival to Arizona for the second stage of preseason training camp…
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— A new trialist has joined the team, defender Mason Trafford. He recently got his first cap for the Canadian national team and is expected to stay through the week. He played in college and in Finland with Lamar Neagle.
— Adam Johansson is expected to join the team in Arizona. Others that could join are Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson (based on their involvement with the USMNT for a Feb. 6 World Cup qualifier in Honduras), and also draft pick Kevin Durr on leave from the Air Force.
— Mario Martinez will be involved in that Feb. 6 qualifier.
— Defender Patrick Ianni stayed in Seattle to recover from a foot fracture.
— A few days ago, coach Sigi Schmid had mentioned the possibility of another goalkeeper joining the team in Arizona, so keep a look out for that. There are some team-provided quotes from Schmid after the jump.
Goalkeepers (4): Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Josh Ford, Doug Herrick#
Defenders (12): Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Adam Johansson*, Leo Gonzalez, Marc Burch, Andrew Duran, DeAndre Yedlin+, Eriq Zavaleta%, Dylan Remick^, Anshani Fairclough#, Mason Trafford#
Midfielders (14): Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Christian Tiffert, Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans*, Mario Martinez*, Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose, Alex Caskey, Servando Carrasco, Kevin Olali^, Lebogang Moloto^, Philip Lund#, Guy Essame#
Forwards (6): Eddie Johnson*, Sammy Ochoa, David Estrada, Babayele Sodade, Jennings Rex^, Travis Bowen#
Not reported (4): Cordell Cato~, Blair Gavin#, Will Bates^, Kevin Durr^
* — national team duty, # — trialist, ^ — unsigned draft pick, % — signed to Generation Adidas contract, italics — affected by injury, + — signed homegrown player, ~ — Sounders own his MLS rights but haven’t reached an understanding to bring him into camp
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(On the first day in Arizona…) “The sun. The blue skies. It was good. It warmed up during the say so it was good. For us, with the flight yesterday and the bus ride this morning we wanted this to be a little bit of a lighter session where the guys could recover a little bit. It was good. We achieved that. I thought the guys again had a good spirit in the session, so I was happy.”
(On the group of players…) “It’s forming. We are pretty early so it will form over the next two-three days and the guys who have been here before will tell the guys who haven’t been here before that there’s really not much to do, so they can hang out with each other. It’ll form along here as we talk to the guys. It’s a good time now to get to know each other, talk to each other, don’t just talk to the guys you already know, meet somebody new. Our team is pretty good about welcoming new guys to the team.”
(On deciding roommate assignments…) “We sort of mix it. Sometimes we put some veteran guys together. Some guys have some nuances that nobody wants to deal with. For the most part we try to get them paired up with somebody different than they pair up with during the season. When we travel during the season we sort of let them decide who they would like as roommates, so that they are in a good, consistent rhythm on the road. […] Like I said, they get to know each other and they spend time with somebody different.”
(On the U.S. friendly on Tuesday night…) “I took from the game that it was a U.S. team that obviously had trained a lot, and they were a team that looked maybe a little bit tired from having trained that much. When you train that long and don’t have a game and you play a scrimmage […] you sort of get fatigued a little bit. Obviously Jurgen [Klinsmann] got out of it what he wanted to get out of it and the training was very important. Brad [Evans] showed his versatility by being able to play midfield and being able to play outside back. I think that is something that will help him with the national team because sometimes when you are picking your squad of 18, 19, 20 it’s great to have a player who can play a number of different positions available to you. Eddie [Johnson] I thought did a good job holding up the ball, but as a whole team they weren’t goal dangerous. But the game went that way. The U.S. had more possession and Canada was very intent on keeping a zero at the other end of the field.”