After their 2-1 win at Colorado Saturday night, flew home Sunday, take today off, and then return to training Tuesday for another busy stretch of schedule that will bring three different competitions over their next three games.
On Thursday, Seattle begins CONCACAF Champions League group play with a home match against Caledonia of Trinidad. They return to MLS play one week from today when the Los Angeles Galaxy visits CenturyLink Field. And then comes the U.S. Open Cup final Aug. 8 in Kansas City. And all that leads up to another important league match, Aug. 11 at Supporters Shield leader San Jose.
“We’ll approach (Caledonia) the same way we approach every game: We want to win,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “But this was a tiring game for our guys, so we have to see who’s going to recover well. We’ve got some fresh bodies we can put out there, we’ve got guys who we think can play without impacting our quality of play, and it’s an opportunity for some other guys to get a good run out there. But we definitely want to win because the key for us this year in the Champions League is to get two wins at home and guys ties on the road and then we get ourselves through.
“It doesn’t get easier for us. We’ve got the Champions League game, then we’ve got LA, then we’ve got the Open Cup final. I think by the time we play San Jose, I think they’ve played no games and we play three in between.”