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November 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Notes from the practice field: Updating Onyekachi Apam’s status

It has been nearly two months since the Seattle Sounders signed Nigerian defender Onyekachi Apam at the trade deadline hoping to bolster what was, at the time, a leaky back line.

Apam was a former international and once played for Stade Rennes in the French Ligue 1 — but he’d played in only a handful of competitive matches since 2010.

“As I said at the time, it was a risk that we took,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid. “At the time, there were no other really options out there for us that were even somewhat viable. So we rolled the dice and said that if it works out, great. If it doesn’t work out, we haven’t lost anything.”

The second option is looking increasingly likely.

Apam, 27, has yet to suit up with the Sounders first team and is struggling to recover from former injuries.

“Fitness-wise, it’s just not coming along as quickly as it needs to be,” Schmid said. “… Right now, it’s just not there. That’s why we haven’t put him into the 18 or trained him or even trained him outside.”

Schmid said he expects a decision on Apam’s future to come within the next week or two.

– Yedlin with USMNT

Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin – and Seattle native Jordan Morris – are with the United States men’s national team as it prepares for a Friday friendly with Colombia at Craven Cottage in London, one that will kickoff at 11:45 p.m. PST and be televised nationally on ESPN.

Schmid said he expects Yedlin to play for the USMNT on Friday, but that he could be recalled prior to the Tuesday friendly against Ireland.

“He’ll play in the first game then we’ll see from there,” Schmid said.

– Training schedule update

The Sounders will practice for the final time this week tomorrow at Starfire before taking off Friday through Sunday ahead of the first leg of the Western Conference final next weekend in Los Angeles.

“The union requires us to give them three days off,” Schmid said. “I don’t think the players want three days off. They’re asking to see if they can train. But officially, we have to give them three days off.”

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