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Sounders full in — except for two All-Stars

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm with No Comments »
July 23, 2012 2:03 pm

The Sounders appeared as healthy as they have been in a long while today, as they gathered at Starfire Sports Complex for their first training session since Thursday.

“Gspurning’s full in,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Caskey was full in. Evans still has a little bit of swelling, but we sort of said, ‘OK, see what you feel comfortable doing,’ and he felt comfortable doing the whole practice. Cato already trained the last day before we left. So all those guys are OK.”

For the first time in months, all four keepers trained: Gspurning, Weber, Ford and Meredith.

The notable absences were the Sounders two All-Stars — Eddie Johnson and Osvaldo Alonso — who already are in Pennsylvania for the Wednesday match against Chelsea FC.

“They’ll train there,” Schmid said. “Both of those guys have played a lot of minutes over the last two months, so it’s not so bad. Hopefully they won’t play a ton of minutes on Wednesday, because our team’s a little different than the other teams: We have an Open Cup final in mid-week (Aug. 8), we have a CONCACAF game mid-week (Aug. 2), so we have more games than the other guys, so hopefully they’ll take that into account.”

After the All-Star game, Johnson and Alonso will make the cross-country flight back to Seattle before traveling with their teammated to Denver on Friday for the Saturday match at Colorado. Schmid said that is because of his belief in getting in and getting out quickly when playing at mile-high elevation.

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