A full notebook is coming in Friday’s paper, but here are a few bonus points from Thursday’s Sounders training at Starfire:
– Hahnemann the Blue Angel: In case the sound of the sky being torn apart above the city wasn’t enough to clue you in, the Blue Angels are in town. And Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann got a sneak peak, taking a test ride with one of the pilots Wednesday. “He goes, ‘You want the full-meal deal?’ I said, ‘Yep, I guess so,’” Hahnemann said. “He just kept pushing and pushing and pushing.” Hahnemann made it to 7.6 g-force before blacking out, a feat he proudly trumpeted Thursday after training. “I would be smart enough not to go up because I know I’d pass out,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said.
– No overlooking the ‘Quakes: San Jose is currently tethered to the bottom of the Western Conference, three points back of Chivas USA. But the Earthquakes are coming off a resounding 5-1 victory over Chicago. It announced the signing of Argentine playmaker Matias Perez Garcia as a designated player on Thursday and will be hoping to open Levi’s Stadium in style on Saturday. Holding games in hand over the rest of the bottom half of the west, San Jose could rise quickly. “I think the west is a strong division,” Schmid said. “Their record and their points don’t represent the quality of their team.”
– Dempsey on Yedlin: Sounders forward Clint Dempsey showed off his vocabulary Thursday afternoon when he was asked about his impressions of teammate DeAndre Yedlin when he first arrived in Seattle. “On the field, it’s his athleticism,” Dempsey said. “Off the field, it’s his style. “He’s definitely ostentatious.”