The Sounders returned to the practice field Tuesday after a day off and a press conference following a win over the weekend against Dallas. Here are some notes:
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— New signing Clint Dempsey is sick and was told to stay home, doctor’s orders. That looked to be a bit of a disappointment for a couple dozen fans who were on hand. Coach Sigi Schmid said Dempsey apparently picked up a virus Monday, perhaps from all the crazy international travel.
— Asked how it affects Dempsey’s availability for Saturday’s road game at Toronto FC, Schmid said: “We’ll see. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and what his recovery is. Today is Tuesday; we’re still a long way away from Saturday and we’ll see how he feels. The likelihood of him going 90 minutes Saturday is very small, whether that’s starting and coming off or whether that’s coming on as a sub.”
— There was some good news, though, as goalkeeper Michael Gspurning (forearm) and midfielder Shalrie Joseph (calf) increased their practice participation. Gspurning played in the scrimmages for the first time since suffering the injury at San Jose — as opposed to just doing goalkeeper drills, which he had been doing for a few days. Joseph had been practicing on a limited basis as of Thursday but looks to be a full participant now.
— Schmid said it’s too soon to know if Gspurning could start at Toronto. Here is the update on Joseph: “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and how he does tomorrow into the next day. … If he’s ready to play, we have to consider him.”
— We got a chance to speak with Joseph and Gspurning, so more will be coming from them later.
— It sounds like Andrew Weber, on loan from third-tier Phoenix, will stick around this week and possibly next week as goalkeepers continue to get healthy. Weber backed up Marcus Hahnemann on Saturday.
— There was a number swap the past few days as Dempsey has taken DeAndre Yedlin‘s No. 2 and Yedlin has in turn taken No. 17, vacated by Fredy Montero at the start of the year.
— There doesn’t look to be many tickets left for an Aug. 25 home game against Portland, even with the stadium opened up to full capacity. It’s expected to be a sellout, and we might be getting another ticket update from the team today.