Here are some notes from Sounders FC practice Friday on a miserably cold, windy and rainy day out at Starfire:
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— First off, former USL Sounder Cam Weaver has joined the group on trial. You can read an interview with the Kent native in the previous post, but here is what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the invite: “He was around — Cam and I had spoken — and he said he’d like the opportunity to come out and train a little bit, see where he’s at. And we wanted the opportunity to sort of look at him, evaluate him, so we decided to bring him in. We wanted to get through the other set of players that we had in earlier, wanted to cut down a little bit, so now we’ll look at Cam and we’ll see. Anytime you can maybe pick up a veteran guy… He wants to be back in Seattle. Obviously he’s got experience in the league. We’ll see if it’s the right fit, if it makes sense. If it makes sense, we’ll do it. If not, nothing’s going to be lost by it.”
— Schmid also addressed bringing defender Danny O’Rourke into camp, a player he coached in Columbus: “He’s another guy who … really didn’t have a team. He had some injury issues, but he felt those were behind him and wanted an opportunity. Same thing, we wanted to get through the other group of players and I said, ‘OK, we’ll give you an opportunity when we come back to Seattle and then we’ll decide from there.’”
— Both Jimmy Ockford and Eriq Zavaleta, who had been affected by injuries Thursday, were back on the practice field Friday. Though Schmid said the pair might have a light day Saturday.
— And what did Ockford’s MRI show yesterday with the knee? “Just a slight bone bruise,” Schmid said, “nothing with the MCL or anything like that, or the meniscus.”
— Schmid said it’s sort of a flexible timeline in terms of making the final roster decisions. There might be some cuts before the trip to Charleston next week and most of the final calls will be made there. “There some other things right now that we’re doing and looking at, so it’s a very fluid situation,” he added. “All those things affect each other.”
— One of those things the team is working on is potentially loans for young players. Schmid said they talk about that almost every day: “Which guys are guys we think can benefit by going on loan? How many minutes do we see them playing with us? I think we have a nine-game reserves schedule, it hasn’t really been announced yet … and we’ve also set up games with most of the colleges — I think with Seattle U and UW and Oregon State — so I think we have like 12 reserve games set. So it’s like, who do we think is going to benefit from those 12 reserve games and being with us? Who is going to benefit from being out?”
— I’ll get to more from an interview with Obafemi Martins later, but here is what he had to say about his new forward partner, Kenny Cooper: “He’s strong. We have big potential. He reminds me of Christian Vieri when we used to play together. He’s a good player and he’s a good guy, too.”
— On a side note, Doug Herrick, a Seattle native and former MLS pool goalkeeper who was here last season, announced on Twitter he’ll be playing with the Charlotte Eagles of the third-tier USL PRO this year.
— Also, Fulham has hired a new manager, so I’ll ask Saturday if it might affect the status of Clint Dempsey‘s loan. The Sounder has only a couple weeks left and just one potential game in that span.
— Lastly, the elements were nasty, but potentially useful. “We know it could be like this on opening day,” Schmid said, “and so we have to play. Liquid sunshine.”