Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso missed another training session Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila with what he confirmed is a groin injury.
“He’s making progress,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “He sees a specialist today because this is the doctor we wanted him to see. He sees him this afternoon, and after that we’ll have a little more clarity moving forward. He’s made progress each day and is starting to get stronger.”
Added Alonso: “I’ve got a little injury but I hope it’s nothing dangerous and that I can be ready for next week.”
– On to Los Angeles
Wednesday’s session was the Sounders’ last in Seattle until Feb. 7. The next stretch of the preseason will take place at Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles, with friendlies against UCLA and the Galaxy coming on Feb. 4 and 6, respectively.
“We sort of got the first phase out of the way, which was testing and looking at some players, evaluating players and starting to build fitness,” Schmid said. “Now, we’ll start to push a little bit harder down in L.A.”
Schmid also confirmed that the club will be making its first round of cuts prior to the trip.
Said captain Brad Evans: “That’s the whole point of this first week: A lot of fitness, a lot of playing, but a lot of weeding out, as well.”
– Labor negotiations update
Evans, Seattle’s players’ union rep, spoke again about the upcoming labor negotiations with the previous CBA set to expire on Saturday. Talks between the owners and the union resumes Feb. 3 and 4.
“We’ve got an agreement that we’ll continue training through preseason just like the last time,” Evans said. “… They’ll start to get closer and closer as we get closer to the first game and as this thing carries on.
“We hope to keep it easy. We all want to play. That’s the most important thing. But we’ve also gotta be strong and stick to what we believe in.”