Here are some quick notes from our interview with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid after Friday’s practice:
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— The Sounders are heading down to Portland this afternoon and will have returning U.S. internationals Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, who rejoined the group Friday.
— I asked Schmid how Dempsey came out of Wednesday’s game, having playing 90 minutes and also having been on the receiving end of some physical tackles. “He’s OK,” the coach said. “Still a little bit tired, but the second day out is always the worst day. I think he’ll be fine tomorrow.”
— Schmid was also asked if the presumption is that Brad Evans (calf) will be out and Osvaldo Alonso, who has been somewhat limited this week, will be good to go. “Yeah, that’s what we’re thinking,” he said. “Brad’s done more and feels better — was pain free. Today was the second day he’s been pain free, so he’s making progress and we just have to go from there. Ozzie said he felt good today.”
— And how is Andy Rose, who missed last game with a tight hamstring? “All right,” Schmid said. “We wanted to back off on him because he worked really hard on Thursday and he worked hard on Tuesday.”
— Portland, of course, has some injury questions, as well. Schmid was asked if he has any grasp on the lineup the Timbers might field. “Don’t know,” he said. “I heard they closed practice and didn’t let reporters in until afterwards. Who knows? They’re trying to keep it a secret. … Obviously (Michael) Harrington is going to play; he got the red card rescinded. (Pa Modou) Kah was not up for another suspension or it wasn’t looked at, so he’ll be out there, as well. (Donovan) Ricketts is out, we know that. We assume (Darlington) Nagbe and (Steve) Zakuani are still questionable.”
— For what it’s worth, Timbers coach Caleb Porter referred to Nagbe (hamstring) as a game-time decision, according to The Oregonian.
Porter says Nagbe's availability will be a gametime decision. I guessing he won't play against Seattle. #rctid
— Geoffrey C. Arnold (@geoffreyCarnold) April 4, 2014
— Schmid said it’s nice to know as much as possible about an opponent, but ultimately the most important thing “is that we’re playing our game and that we’re concerned with how we’re doing and what we’re doing.”
— Lastly, invitee John Arroyo was a guy that stuck around the team for a while in preseason and even into the first couple weeks. He is no longer around, so I asked Schmid what he felt about the young Ecuadorian and what he wants to see as it relates to a potential return.
“I think he did well for us,” Schmid said. “He was what we expected him to be. The difference was some people came along like Kevin Parsemain, and Fabio Pereira did well, as well, in preseason, and the young kids (Aaron) Kovar and (Sean) Okoli did well. We felt at this point in time we didn’t see him getting a lot of playing time or developing here, so we decided to make choices in another direction. But he’s definitely a player we thought had ability and he has something there. Maybe down the line in the future we’ll be able to bring him back.”