Here are a few quick notes from Sounders FC practice Friday:
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— Midfielder Mauro Rosales looks set to return after missing a game with a sprained shoulder. According to coach Sigi Schmid, the captain has been training in full this week. “We’ll make a final decision on that, but we feel pretty confident he can play,” Schmid said.
— Mario Martinez is another Sounder who will miss some time next month on international duty. The Honduran national is expected to report for FIFA World Cup qualifiers after Seattle’s June 1 road game against Chivas USA. “His coach was up here about three weeks ago,” Schmid said. “We spoke, so we have an understanding.”
— The Sounders will have an audio stream of Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup game in Florida, and Ross Fletcher will be on the call. The team is exploring multiple options when it comes to video, too, but those details aren’t finalized yet.
— Looks like Shalrie Joseph treated himself on his 35th birthday.
— This will mark Seattle’s first game against the Galaxy without David Beckham. Schmid was asked about how L.A. is different without the midfielder, and what the original DP’s legacy was in MLS.
“Beckham was the guy who could really open the game up for them and could really change the point of attack, and he just had a marvelous ability to find guys away from the ball. He was good at floating in midfield and tough to pick up at times. Certainly they play a little bit different without him.
“I think David’s legacy to the league is … the notoriety the league got when he joined, because of who he is and his accomplishments and where he was coming from with Real Madrid and Man. United as his resume. I think it was just a tremendous plus for the league. Even though his early years didn’t go so well in terms of results for the club, I think obviously finishing up with two championships certainly secured his legacy here.
“He was able to get MLS seen and known and shown in places that MLS didn’t really get shown, whether it was an evening talk show, or whether it was Entertainment Tonight or whatever the case was. It gave exposure to the league it hadn’t had before.”