Here are a few notes from Monday’s practice, as the Sounders returned to work indoors at Starfire following a weekend’s worth of games:
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— First off, all three unsigned trialists remain in camp: Kevin Parsemain, John Arroyo and Cam Weaver.
— On the health front, Osvaldo Alonso has held out of action due to a bruised knee suffered on a collision with Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer Saturday. Also, Tristan Bowen also didn’t work with the group as he recovers from a quad injury.
— Coach Sigi Schmid was asked a few questions about Sunday’s reserve game against the University of Washington, where Huskies forward Darwin Jones scored three goals, including a late winner, and added an assist in a 4-3 win over Seattle. “It was a good run-out for our guys; it was important that they play,” Schmid said. “I think UW played very well. I think we got caught in the first 10 mintues of that game, for sure, maybe not being totally focused and locked in to what we needed to do. Obviously Darwin Jones is a player we know well, he’s our academy kid and was a guy we were interested in, and he decided he wanted to return one more year at UW — and we respect that decision. His pace obviously burned us a few times.” [Ed note: For context, Soccerwire.com reported back in January that the Sounders offered Jones a contract, but the forward turned it down.]
— Schmid was particularly glad to see guys like Leo Gonzalez get 90 minutes and Gonzalo Pineda get 70 minutes as they ramp up their fitness. The coach also pointed out it was could for guys like Andy Rose and Michael Azira to play the whole game.
— Jalil Anibaba played right back in that game, and Schmid noted it was in part looking ahead at the outside chance that DeAndre Yedlin make the World Cup team and misses a few games there during the season.
— Some fans paid notice to Marco Pappa being the player pulled Saturday when Clint Dempsey came in. Here is how Schmid described the decision: “It was really a situation that we felt at that time Marco … didn’t find the game the way he normally does. We wanted to get Clint on, because we felt him playing underneath (Obafemi Martins), if they could find each other it would help us in the attack and maybe bring a little more possession into our attack, and I think it accomplished that.”
— Schmid was asked if he had any takeaways from the first weekend in MLS action: “It just reemphasizes to me how close the league is. People say, Hey, this is what (team) should be the favorite,’ or, ‘They’re the favorite.’ I think everything is really close. So when you look at some of the results, you look at Columbus going to D.C. and you look at that result. You look at Houston’s result being as big as it is. You look at Chivas winning. Again, there’s not much difference from top and bottom. That’s something you always have to take away from this league.”
— Lastly, Parsemain was playing goalkeeper at the end as Martins and Dempsey fired in shots from distance. Not an enviable position, trust me.