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Sounders healthy and headed to LA, hoping to return with a Shield

The Sounders concluded a mighty wet training session this morning at Starfire before heading down to LA for their 5:30 p.m. Sunday match with the LA Galaxy.

The Sounders need two points over their two remaining games to claim the club’s first Supporters Shield.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say before his team headed out:

On Clint Dempsey and other health issues: Fine. Feeling a lot better. Just take a couple of days to get over that. It was probably the traveling and everything else. (Pineda) has trained all week, so that’s been a good thing

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Dempsey fighting bug, other Sounders OK

The Sounders returned to training this morning after a day off. They were joined by Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, who had been away with the U.S. national team.

“Everybody’s fine,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Clint’s a little bit under the weather. It’s that time of the year where guys pick up maybe a little bug or something like that so we just wanted to go easy with him today. But DeAndre, him, Pappa, and Okoli are all fine. … (Gonzalez, Pineda, Scott are) good. They’ve trained all week, so there are no issues there at all.”

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Spirited session, and progress from injured trio

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for another day. Most of their work was closed to the media. However, from what we saw of a short-field game at the end, it was an exceptionally spirited session. But it ended loosely, with Clint Dempsey standing in goal for at least a couple of his teammates’ PKs.

“The attitude was good,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Obviously we played on Sunday. The guys had Monday off. Yesterday we had guys in split groups. Today we all trained together. I thought the enthusiasm was good. The guys were after it. I thought they

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Off DL, top pick Lowe set for reserve duty


The Sounders took central defender Damion Lowe (hip) and forward Kevin Parsemain (knee) off the disabled list last week. It sounds like Parsemain still has some recovering to do, while Lowe appears ticketed for play in the Reserve League game at Colorado on Monday.

“With Kevin it’s still a situation where he’s still working with coming back from his ACL injury, so he’s probably not game ready,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He won’t play in the reserve game. But with Lowe, the reserve game on Monday is going to be very important. We want to see how many minutes he can actually log and how he can play. He’s a pretty aggressive defender. He can be physical, and sometimes I know he has to temper his play a little bit in training with us. But that’s something we want to see now how he does in the game – that ruggedness, and his quickness, and he’s got good pace. He’s definitely our fastest defender. So we want to see how all that correlates and ties together.”

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Sounders back; Schmid updates personnel

The Sounders are back from their 12-day trip, have finished their one brief training session, and will be on the CLink pitch against Chivas USA tomorrow.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:

On the 1-2 trip: The league matches didn’t go the way we wanted them to go for sure. The Open Cup was a great victory. Twelve days on the road, it’s a reality, it’s a long time being on the road, being in hotels, occupying your time, and you really couldn’t train, per se. But we’re happy to be back at home. We’re still

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Sounders in Texas preparing for FC Dallas

Sounders follow training in Texas by trying to kick balls into trash can beside practice pitch.
Sounders follow training in Texas by trying to kick balls into trash can beside practice pitch.

The Sounders beat the worst of the Texas heat with a morning session in Friso today, which ended shortly after noon. I have included some updates on specific topics in posts below. Here’s some of the general stuff left over from our interview with coach Sigi Schmid:

On the session: It’s good to get back at it and train. Yesterday was a long day with the flight, and getting here. We just did a little pool re-gen instead of getting on the field and knocking the ball around is a good thing. … Getting back on the field is something they want to do. This group is obviously disappointed in the performance on Saturday night. It doesn’t matter who played, they’re disappointed in the performance. And we’re looking at putting in a normal Seattle performance on Wednesday.

On health of the team: It’s doing better. (Gonzalo) Pineda definitely took a knock (Saturday at New York). I don’t know how that wasn’t a yellow card: It was a tackle from behind. So he’s the only one who wasn’t able to train today.
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Sounders conclude training for mysterious Rapids

The Sounders concluded a light training session today, the eve of their 1 p.m. Saturday home match with the Colorado Rapids.

“We just wanted to have a light practice because we have an afternoon game – so taper it. But training was good,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We accomplished what we wanted today.”

More from Schmid:

On the Rapids: I know it sounds like coach’s talk when you say they’re dangerous. But we don’t know what mentality they’re going to come in with. If we can jump on them early, I think that’s to your advantage because then that

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Marshall explains auto accident, back injury

Central defender Chad Marshall returned to the Sounders last night after missing two games — both losses — due to a back injury following an auto accident.

In the winning locker room last night, Marshall provided some of the details of what had happened:

On the accident: “I was coming home from the team barbeque, I was taking Brad Evans home, going up Market Street. I think the guy in front of me stops pretty quickly because they guy in front of him was trying to parallel park, SO then I stopped. The girl behind me almost hit me. She stopped just in time, but the guy behind her hit her into me. I saw her almost hit us, and then I think I kind of relaxed, and she hit us. Like 20 minutes later I started noticing in my neck that it was sore. Then obviously two mornings later my back went into spasm. And now we’re here.”

On if it had seemed a serious accident: “It was just a little fender-bender. There Read more »