Here are some quick notes from Sounders FC practice Monday:
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— Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning said it would’ve been a long two weeks if the Sounders hadn’t have won Saturday in Colorado. So did he see any change in practice after the first win? “It was more fun, more smiling faces here, of course,” he said. “You feel a lot of pressure is now away from the team.”
— And then Gspurning got poetic: “The weather was just waiting for the first win, I think. There were no clouds today. At the moment, it’s very sunny in Seattle.” Meant literally and figuratively, in case that wasn’t obvious.
— Added coach Sigi Schmid of the first win: “It helps an awful lot. Just the spirit of the team, the mood of the team, they feel good about that. It just takes a burden off your shoulders. You can stand up a little more erect and now you build from that. It’s something that was important for our psyche.”
— Marc Burch sat out of practice, due to an undisclosed ailment that Schmid said affected defender coming into today. Something to keep an eye on. Defender Djimi Traore was riding a stationary bike, but Schmid noted that was mainly precautionary as the team looks to give some veterans a light work-load during the break.
— Schmid said that DeAndre Yedlin, who is off at U.S. U-20 camp, will be back Sunday.
— While Eddie Johnson (hamstring) trained, the coach added the forward is unlikely to play in Tuesday’s reserve game. Makes sense. No need to rush.
— Midfielder Brad Evans was indeed without a beard.
— Trialist Josue Martinez was still around as he’s expected to feature with the reserves Tuesday. He did have a few nice moments in training.
— Here were Schmid’s thoughts on the new rule allowing intraleague loans: “Not quite sure how that’s going to work. It’s the first year the league has really introduced it, so I think there’s going to be a little bit of trepidation there from teams. Do you really want to loan out a young guy? And how do you recall him when you decide someone is going to get playing time? I know in England it gets done a lot, but it’s easy for a team like Chelsea to loan out a Belgium national team forward because they’ve got five other national team players sitting on their bench. Here in MLS, depth isn’t as great, so it might be a little trickier issue. I’m not quite sure how that’s going to work at the end.”