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February 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

MLS vet Shavar Thomas joins camp on trial

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Here are some team-provided notes from Sounders FC’s preseason training in Casa Grande:

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— There is a new non-contract invitee in training: Shavar Thomas, a Jamaican international who has played for no less than seven MLS teams.

— Supplemental draft pick Will Bates has joined the team and will be limited in what he can do for the next couple weeks coming off knee surgery.

Lamar Neagle has been given the No. 14. He joins Tyrone Marshall and Michael Tetteh to wear the number. Alex Caskey has Neagle’s previous number, 27.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Zach Scott won the team’s annual soccer-tennis tournament Friday. (Previous champs: Tyson Wahl/Brad Evans in 2009, Scott/Josh Gardner in 2010, Fredy Montero/Osvaldo Alonso in 2011, Marc Burch/Andrew Duran in 2012).

— The team held an 11v11 scrimmage Saturday and has a large report on the 1-1 tie. Goals were provided by David Estrada and an own goal. Eriq Zavaleta got some time at forward; Dylan Remick played both left and right back.

— The team will train Sunday morning and have the afternoon off for the Super Bowl. There will be a practice Monday morning before the guys head off to Tucson for a game Tuesday against Portland.

— Some quotes from coach Sigi Schmid after the jump…

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(On the 11v11 scrimmage…) “Obviously we are still in preseason mode. We worked this morning so we didn’t want to put guys into a chance where they would injure themselves and we wanted to make some decisions, or further our decision making on a lot of the young players. It was good. We were able to put them in some positions that we haven’t seen them yet, like [Eriq] Zavaleta played up front a little bit today. I wanted to see [Lebogang] Moloto play a little bit deeper in midfield, so that was good. Overall from that standpoint it was good to see players. We have got Shavar Thomas [Invitee] here now, so we wanted to see him played for us a little bit at centerback, as well. We got to see Mason Trafford inside and outside. So it was good because we saw a lot of things.”

(On David Estrada…) “David is David. He is going to give you a lot of effort. He is going to run a lot and he’s going to sometime chase down lost causes, sometimes you want to pull your hair out a little bit because he is so energetic he is trying to make something happen where maybe [he should be] a little simpler. I thought today he was good. We played him on the outside mainly in the second half because we wanted to see some players inside. We wanted to see how [Travis] Bowen would do inside, as well. So it wasn’t a situation of us trying to look at David outside as it was us trying to look at Bowen inside. I thought David had a good game.”

(On Babayele Sodade…) “He has made good strides. At the end of last in October and November it was difficult for Baba at times because he was trying to get fit, his touch was off, et cetera. He is much fitter now. His touch is much better. He is fitting into the game. He’s not the most active of forwards you are going to see up there but he is a big body and he can hold the ball up there and create some things. He had that shot early on [Michael] Gspurning that really tested Michael going to his left and he is always dangerous to get on the end of headers.”

(On the upcoming training game against the Portland Timbers…) “Obviously we held a lot of guys like Mauro [Rosales] and [Steve] Zakuani out, so what we want to see is them now get back into the groove. We have done a lot of fitness with them. So for them tomorrow to touch the ball around a little bit and same thing on Monday and to come in and see how they play on Tuesday. Give everybody an opportunity to play on Tuesday. Get to measure them against another MLS team. And allow us to make some final decisions. There’s going to be some difficult decisions for sure in camp.”


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