Here are a couple quick notes from Saturday’s practice:
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— First off, some health updates. Coach Sigi Schmid said forward/midfielder Tristan Bowen suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion and is just starting to ramp up training again. Bowen will not be available in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup game against PSA Elite. “It didn’t go well,” Schmid said of Bowen’s initial return to activity, “so they had to shut him down again for three, four days. But today everything went well. He’ll do a little bit tomorrow — jogging — and if he comes through that, he gets ramped up over five days.”
— Elsewhere, Dylan Remick (adductor) is making good progress and coming back quicker than the team thought, according to Schmid. Andy Rose (knee) is also making good progress.
— Some guys still aren’t back from their breaks, including Osvaldo Alonso and Obafemi Martins, who have played every game in the regular season so far. Ideally, the whole team wouldn’t gotten more days off, but the Open Cup game made that impossible.
— When it comes to PSA Elite, Schmid compared the group to a college all-star team, with some guys still in college (who will be motivated to show they should be drafted) and some guys recently out of college (who will be motivated to show they should have been).
— Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann confirmed what many people already thought: He will start the Open Cup game. He talked about understanding these last moments to play are precious, but he didn’t offer a definitive answer as to whether this will be his final season.
— On some World Cup thoughts, Schmid said Mexico and Costa Rica have been his surprises so far, and that CONCACAF is obviously off to a great start, which puts a little bit of pressure on the USMNT. He also wondered if the window might be closing on veteran teams like Spain and Uruguay.
— Schmid went to Germany on vacation this past week and said he saw a FIFA 15 ad that featured Clint Dempsey in Rave green: “I thought that was a pretty good advertisement for Seattle.”
— Lastly, Schmid said the Sounders changed their flight plans to D.C. later in the month so they’ll be able to watch the USA/Germany game.