The Sounders have concluded training for tomorrow’s CCL match with Marathon.
Three pieces of news:
* Coach Sigi Schmid said Marcus Hahnemann will make his Sounders FC debut tomorrow. He also said the door remains open for Hahnemann’s return next season, depending on whether Hahnemann wants to return or retire.
* Schmid said he and Mario Martinez had a good conversation about the midfielder’s playing time complaints. In discussing it, Schmid assigned himself a share of the blame for not communicating with Martinez as well as he might have. He said Martinez remains a “cherished” part of the team, and that he sees a role for Martinez not only this season but next.
“We’ had a good conversation,” Schmid said. “I know he talked to you guys before he talked to me. But it’s a situation of just clarity. He’s been in and out so much with the (Honduras) national team that he hasn’t had that many days of training with us. And the training has come with us it’s been like four or five days and then he’s gone and so forth. So it takes time to establish. But it’s also because he’s been gone so much, probably the communication from me probably wasn’t as good as it could have been. With the language barrier, sometimes I just grab somebody and I can talk to them for a few minutes, but with Mario I have to grab him and somebody else so I can talk to him for a few minutes so we understand each other. But we had a good conversation yesterday. I think he understands, he knows exactly what our feelings are about him as a player, and how we cherish him as a player because we think he’s a player with great abilities, and his future is not only this year for this team, but his future is next year as well.”
* The Sounders say only something around 5,100 tickets have been sold for tomorrow’s match. Only the east lower bowl of CenturyLink will be open.