Here are a few notes following Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid‘s interview with reporters after Thursday’s practice:
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— First off, an MRI earlier this week revealed Djimi Traore has a slight tear in his adductor, an injury suffered Saturday in Vancouver. The veteran center back has been ruled out this weekend versus Real Salt Lake. Schmid said Traore is “probably out for a little bit with his injury,” calling it a “week-to-week sort of a thing.”
— Elsewhere on the injury front, Lamar Neagle (hamstring) came out of Tuesday’s return to practice just fine and was able to practice again Thursday. Chad Marshall (hamstring) has been able to rejoin practice and the team will continue to track how he feels.
— The Sounders also got good news in the U.S. Open Cup, as PSA Elite’s upset of the Los Angeles Galaxy II means Seattle gets a game at Starfire Stadium in the fourth round. “It was a little bit of a surprising result, obviously, but we’re looking forward to being able to play an Open Cup game at home,” Schmid said. “It’s been a while.”
— One person who will rooting for Seattle to end Real Salt Lake’s 12-game unbeaten streak to start the season? Former Galaxy coach Lothar Osiander, whose 1996 team started the season an MLS-record 12-0 (with two wins by way of shootout). Schmid called Osiander an old friend.
— Asked how Brad Evans has integrated back into the group following his USMNT World Cup disappointment, Schmid said: “I think he’s focused on the training and so forth. It still takes a little bit of time, like I said. Tuesday night was probably the hardest one of all for him, sitting there and watching them play. It just takes time. Any big event like that in one’s life – whatever that may be – it takes time to get through it.”
— Asked about the USMNT game as a whole, Schmid noted the minutes played by DeAndre Yedlin: “I think it’s also great for DeAndre to get another cap and get out on the field and so forth. Every time he steps on the field in that kind of environment with that group, it just adds to his experience level and will make him a better player each day.”
— Clint Dempsey, of course, didn’t play due to groin soreness. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said the team captain is set to start Sunday versus Turkey, and Schmid also was under the impression it was a minor issue. “It was just something that was tight,” Schmid said. “We texted each other after the game, and he said he was fine. It was just something that was tight from, whatever it was, the 13 days of training straight. So just as a precaution, they felt maybe it was the smarter thing not to push him in that game. I think if that would have been a World Cup game, he would have probably played.”
— Lastly, I’m working on a post on the Sounders’ history with Ricardo Salazar, who will be the referee for his first Seattle game of the season Saturday. Schmid was diplomatic when asked about the referee assignment: “We’re looking forward to having Ricardo Salazar as our referee.”
— Here is a the full interview: