Roger Levesque and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado At Starfire Enjoying Post-Practice Banter (9/19 by Lori Ross for Sounder at Heart)
With a game against CS Herediano that can nearly lock-up entry into the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday and a Saturday game against the Vancouver Whitecaps that can assure the MLS Cup Playoffs things were generally upbeat at Starfire for the Seattle Sounders. There are still individual players who are carrying injuries and others recovering from injuries/fitness that will change how Sigi Schmid manages his gameday lineups. But step one is winning at Century Link no matter the lineup;
It is still an important game, because of the way our group results have gone in the group. We set as our objective going into th tournament that we want to do well in our home games, to win our home games. We've won a couple road games and those are bonus points as far as I'm concerned. We want to win this one because we are at home tomorrow.
He had an update on Sammy Ochoa, who could go "20 or 30 minutes" if needed. While O'Brian White is likely to progress forward in his work and has a positive attitude towards recovery. Mauro Rosales MRI is this afternoon. He was walking and stated that he feels better today than yesterday. Mike Fucito also noted in passing that his ankle is a little sore from a hard tackle. Sigi's lineup juggling we've already noted is both difficult and frequent, but he's never gotten used to doing it.
You constantly do it. Sometimes there's a challenge in it. In terms of 'can you put out a group that can work for each other, that can compliment each other. Maybe you don't have week's of training to work them together as a group and understand how to fully play together. Going into it as a coach you know these are things I'm worried about in this game, these are things that I think will come off and then you just wait and see. In the end it's a great opportunity for the players.