The Sounders have finished their first day of training for their do-or-die match against LA on Sunday.
The tone of the club is realistic. They know catching up three goals on the defending champions is difficult. But, like any worthy athlete, they are look at that as a challenge, and they seem to like the idea that if they pull it off, they will become the stuff of MLS legend.
“Last year we were in a hole and we almost did it, if not for a couple of balls cleared off the line,” defender Jeff Parke said. “For me, it’s a discouraging tough one to swallow, but you have to move on and if you don’t then you shouldn’t be playing in this league or any professional sport. There are going to be times when things don’t go your way and you’re not at your best. But keep working, keep believing, and just realize anything’s possible. So many stories have been written and so many good things have come from teams that haven’t quite when they should of or had their backs against the wall.”
Meanwhile, coach Sigi Schmid said that Leo Gonzalez is almost fully back from injury, while Mauro Rosales is improving. However, neither was portrayed at certain for Sunday.
Also, the club announced that 40,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday, and that tarps are coming off of some east-side upper-deck sections to accommodate demand.