The Sounders returned to training Monday after a bye weekend, and here are a few quick notes:
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— First off, midfielder Steve Zakuani was absent to undergo blood tests. That was the subject of a previous post.
— Defender DeAndre Yedlin was back from U.S. U-20 training camp, and an interview with him can be read here.
— A recurring theme this season has been injuries, and that continued Monday. Goalkeeper Josh Ford never made it out to the practice field. Defenders Marc Burch and Djimi Traore, and forward Obafemi Martins each did some warmup work but went inside early in the session.
— Here is coach Sigi Schmid on those guys: “Oba is on the plan in terms of what we did with him last Wednesday, so he’s progressing as we thought he should — probably a little bit ahead. Djimi we wanted to go easy on last week. We wanted him to do a little bit of warmup and stuff today and extend it a bit, and he did that. He got through that. And Burch … also is much better, so he was able to get out here today and do some stuff, but we didn’t want him to do much. So we’ll see how he is tomorrow. … Josh we decided to just back off of him a little bit. He had a little bit of a swelling in his knee after the (scrimmage) on Friday, so we wanted to just back off for two or three days with him.”
— Forward Eddie Johnson looks to be all the way back from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Rapids game. He aggravated the injury trying to push through it in the second leg of a CCL semifinal, which was obviously the most important game of the young season so far. Said Schmid: “If there are no setbacks he should be able to go this weekend.”
Added Johnson: “I had an extra week to do some strengthening on my hamstring, and I feel good. I feel confident. From a mental standpoint, it’s behind me and I know I’m OK, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
— Schmid did acknowledge that the bye week might have come at the cost of some momentum after the season’s first win in Colorado: “We’d have probably rather played coming off a win.”
— The tryout period for Costa Rican midfielder Josue Martinez (formerly of Saprissa, Philadelphia and New York) has ended and he is no longer with the team.
— Lastly, defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was messing around at the end of practice and tried to play some goalkeeper. He put the gloves on and everything. I asked Osvaldo Alonso if Hurtado had a future at the position. “No chance,” Alonso joked. Michael Gspurning was right behind and added: “Not in Seattle.”