Our friend, Jose Romero, who covered Sounders FC for The Seattle Times in 2009, is down in Arizona and helped us with a piece on new signing Marco Pappa for Friday’s paper.
Jose, who also wrote this piece on goalkeeper Stefan Frei for another website, had some other notes, quotes, pictures and a video he offered to pass along, so I’ll post them below.
He said it was about 60 degrees down in Casa Grande on Thursday, and that general manager Adrian Hanauer and sporting director Chris Henderson were on hand to take in the preseason action.
Thanks again to Jose.
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First off, here is some video of Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Whitecaps:
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Next, some notes:
I watched them in Tucson yesterday and Casa Grande today. The first-half group in both games was very active. Kenny Cooper played in the first half at Tucson and second half at CG. He and Martins created some problems for San Jose’s defense. Dylan Remick is going to get a good (look) at more playing time after his assist against Vancouver. Schmid said his defending has been solid and that he hopes it continues to develop.
He tried some players at different positions on Thursday, including David Estrada at right back.
“With injuries, we’ve just got to know if some people can do some other jobs,” Schmid said.
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Lastly, some photos: