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Sounders travel to Arizona for next training

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2011 at 8:52 am with 4 Comments »
January 30, 2011 1:09 pm

Seattle Sounders FC flies today to Arizona, where the club will open two weeks of training tomorrow at Casa Grande.

“There’s always just a team-building aspect to it,” defender James Riley said last week. “We want to go down there and do out bit to get fit. It’s the second phase of our preseason training camp. It’s definitely secluded, so it puts it on you to entertain yourself. Obviously on the field there’s practice and the training, but you have so much down time. I think it’s good. We’re going to try to get an Xbox down there, just card games and movies. Obviously with the rookies and trialists we’ll have a couple of skits and a couple of songs just to have everyone a good laugh. That’s definitely part of it. I think it’s almost 50-50. The mental team-bonding is definitely important.”

Here are other key dates coming up:

Tuesday, February 15 - Thursday, February 17 – Preseason Training, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Wash.
Saturday, February 19-Saturday, February 26 - Preseason Training, IMG Soccer Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
March 4-6: Cascadia Summit friendlies with Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.
7 p.m. Match 9: Community Shield friendly vs. Colorado Rapids at Qwest Field.
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. – MLS First Kick 2011, Sounders FC vs. L.A. Galaxy, at Qwest Field
Saturday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. – Sounders FC at New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. Don,

    You may want to include the Cascadia Summit (3/4-3/6) and the Community Shield game (3/9) in the Key Dates.

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Good suggestion, Chris. Done.

  3. EverydayFan says:

    Hey, while we’re at it, let’s add a few random predictions from the EverydayFan:

    First Goal of the Year: Montero
    First Goal via Header: Montero
    First Goal via Set Piece: Montero
    First Sounder to take a Corner Kick: El Flaco
    First Sounder to take a Free Kick: Alonso
    First Sounder to Score via Free Kick: Alonso
    First Goal via Left Foot: Zak
    First Goal via PK: Nkufo
    First Goal via 5 Hole: Brad Evans
    First Hat Trick: Nkufo
    First Goal off Rebound / Woodwork: Jaqua
    First Assist: Zak
    First to be Fouled: Montero
    First Yellow Card: Alonso (professional foul)
    First Red Card: El Tico (via accumulation)
    First Sub: El Presidente (standing O)

  4. First Goal via 5 Hole: Brad Evans


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