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Category: Practice notes
November 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Notes from the practice field: Story time with Sigi Schmid

“In the old days, in soccer, we fought a lot more than they do now.” Thus began Seattle coach Sigi Schmid’s post-practice press conference Wednesday morning at CenturyLink Field. “The first rule was, you found a teammate – hopefully a nice, strong teammate – and you went back to back so you wouldn’t get blindsided,” Schmid said. He…

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October 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Notes from the practice field: A wary eye on the November qualifiers

The United States men’s national team plays a pair of friendlies in November: One against Colombia in London on the 14th and another against Ireland in Dublin four days later. And though the international break is squeezed in between the Western Conference semifinals and finals, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid confirmed Tuesday that a few Sounders were…

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October 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Notes from the practice field: Discussing midfield options

Andy Rose scored three goals in two games in early-September, including the last-minute game-winner versus Real Salt Lake. He has started four of Seattle’s last 11 MLS matches and made appearances in all of them. But Micheal Azira took his place in the Sounders starting midfield for their two victories over Chivas USA and Colorado, providing…

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September 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Notes from the practice field: Home sweet home

The Sounders trained today at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila for the first time since Saturday, Sept. 13, for the first time since a road trip that took them to Philadelphia to New York to Dallas and back again. “Whenever you’re on a long away trip, it takes its toll,” attacker Lamar Neagle said. “It feels like…

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September 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Notes from the practice field: Pappa lights up Copa

With two more tallies in Guatemala’s group stage finale against Honduras, Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa is now the leading scorer at the 2014 Copa Centroamericana with four goals. The 2-0 victory lifted the Guatemalans into the final on Saturday afternoon against Costa Rica. Both nations have already qualified for next summer’s Gold Cup, and the winner will…

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September 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Notes from the practice field: Just like FIFA

Sounders attacker Lamar Neagle has revealed the source of inspiration behind his unselfish feed to Obafemi Martins for the second of Seattle’s four goals in Los Angeles last Wednesday. “I did what I always do when I play FIFA, passing it right to the side of the goalie. It works every time,” Neagle said Sunday after…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Notes from the practice field: Altitude adjustment

SALT LAKE CITY — Little about this trip is straightforward for the Sounders as they prepare for Saturday’s match against Real Salt Lake. There’s the quick turnaround from Wednesday night’s 6-0 cup semifinal victory over Chicago, the Saturday brunch kickoff time and the complications that always come with playing at altitude. And don’t even mention the lack of…

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August 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Notes from the practice field: Sounders back line nears full strength

The Sounders back line may finally be nearing full strength. Djimi Traore, whose last league appearance came on May 24 against Vancouver, participated in full training this week. Chad Marshall, who has missed the past two matches with back spasms, also looks set to return Sunday night when the Sounders host Houston at CenturyLink Field. “Chad has…

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