The Sounders practiced for the last time Wednesday before the team flight to Philadelphia. The group heads out Thursday and isn’t planning on returning to Seattle until after next week’s road game at Kansas City.
Here are some quick notes:
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— You’ll notice DeAndre Yedlin‘s new hairdo pictured above. He said it took about seven hours to get rid of the mohawk. Here’s another good look. Said coach Sigi Schmid, with a smile: “I don’t think (that hairstyle would) work for me. I think if I tried that, I wouldn’t have many friends left. It works for him, and when you’re a young person, you can do things like that.”
— Back to more important matters, forward Eddie Johnson got through the week of practice just fine it appears. “He looks all right,” Schmid said. “He’s trained all week, feels all right, no setbacks, so as of right now — knock on wood — everything is OK.”
— And forward Obafemi Martins, who has been limited in training with the knee injury? “Oba is getting better,” the coach added. “He ran today, so we’ll see. I don’t know if Saturday is too soon for him at this stage. He’s definitely made progress each day and he was doing some running and some ball work today. He said he felt better today than he felt yesterday. He felt better yesterday than the day before, so we’ll continue that progress.”
— Djimi Traore, Steve Zakuani and Marc Burch all participated in Wednesday’s practice to some degree. “We’ll make some determinations now,” Schmid said of their availability.
— On another note, and without specifics, Schmid said “there are some guys lagging behind fitness wise and they’re looking to catch up.”