Here are a few “other” notes from Monday’s practice…
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— Ticket sales for Sounders FC’s home leg Tuesday in the CONCACAF Champions League are at about 17,600, according to a team spokesman.
— Steve Zakuani (ankle) got through practice Monday and looks set to be available. David Estrada (ankle) is making progress, but maybe a bit less behind. Remember guys like Patrick Ianni, Adam Johansson and Shalrie Joseph will also be out.
— Coach Sigi Schmid said Tigres UANL apparently sending a ‘B’ team is similar to what Mexican club did in the group stage. He noted that team still has good players here in Elias Hernandez, Alberto Acosta, Alan Pulido and others.
— Did Schmid think the travel squad was a sign of disrespect? “I’m really not going to comment on that, because I don’t know the internal workings of their club or what their coach is thinking about,” he said. “… As to his determination where his team is at fitness-wise, preference, travel, those are his decisions. I’ve got enough confusing stuff going on in my head to not worry about this stuff.”
— The perception was that if the Sounders beat Tigres it would be a step forward for MLS and the team. So does Schmid fear the perception of a loss to a weakened squad would be a step back? “No,” the coach said. “Our reserves went down to Monterrey and beat Monterrey in Monterrey, 1-0. The thing is, he’s got a roster of 26 or so professionals — as do we. They’re pro players and should be able to step on the field and play. You’re representing your club, so when you beat them, you’re beating that particular club. You’re not saying, ‘Oh, well they were missing this guy, this guy and this guy.’ I don’t think people talk about Miami winning the (NBA) championship and, ‘Did (Chris) Bosh play or didn’t he play?’ I don’t think they remember that. I think they just remember that the Miami heat won the championship.”
— Schmid noted he’s not thinking about Saturday’s rivalry game versus Portland when it comes to lineup decisions.
— You have to check out this report of apparently 23,000 Tigres fans making the 300-mile trip to the team’s league game Saturday at San Luis. So does Schmid think there will be a fair amount of away support at CenturyLink Field? “Don’t know,” he said. “I think we’re a little further away than San Luis, so it might be a little tougher to get here. Obviously I’m sure they’ve got some supporters that are in the area, that are Tigres fans or from Monterrey originally, and I’m sure some people will come up, as well. But as usual, I expect our home crowd to definitely dominate the situation.”
— Reporters also chatted at length with GM Adrian Hanauer about the CCL, so look for more from that soon.