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Here are some quick notes from Monday’s practice…
— Obafemi Martins is on his way back from national team duty with Nigeria and is expected back by Tuesday afternoon, according to coach Sigi Schmid. Martins might not train formally with the team for the first time until Thursday.
— We chatted with Shalrie Joseph and Brad Evans as both midfielders rejoined full training Monday. Joseph said he expects he’ll be ready to make his debut in Saturday’s game at Real Salt Lake. More from both of those guys later.
— DeAndre Yedlin talked about his U.S. U-20 call-up for a bit and called it any player’s dream to play in a World Cup, whether it’s at the U-20 level or the first team. Another post to look forward to.
— Plus, we interviewed Eriq Zavaleta after his debut Saturday in San Jose, plus his thoughts on if moving back and forth from forward to defender is hampering his development. The rookie from Indiana is, of course, the only Sounder with a team left in the NCAA tournament.
— Schmid talked a bit about new signings Ashani Fairclough and Philip Lund for a bit. He said Fairclough, who had crunching tackles Monday on Servando Carrasco and Will Bates, could be a loan possibility. The coach also views Lund more as a second forward than a midfielder. We should be catching up with Fairclough and Lund this week sometime.
— Patrick Ianni (foot) is still training to the side. Djimi Traore walked in late with a wrap on his right knee, but the injury isn’t expected to be serious.