Coming off their long awaited first win of the MLS season, there was an extra spring in the Sounders' step at Monday's training session.
"It helps an awful lot, just the spirt of the team, how they feel," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters. "They feel good about that. It takes some weight off their shoulders. You can stand a little more erect and you build from that. It was something that was important for our psyche."
The mood was further buoyed by the fact that there were no new significant injuries sustained during the 1-0 win over the Rapids. Such a clean bill of health has been a rarity this season as injuries have been largely responsible for the Sounders using different starting lineups in all six of their games.
Only Marc Burch, Djimi Traore and DeAndre Yedlin were absent from training, none of whom Schmid expressed much concern over. Yedlin -- along with Sounders Academy player Jordan Morris -- had been called into the United States U-20 training camp while Traore was being allowed to rest ahead of the Sounders' bye week. Burch was being treated for a minor injury.
The biggest question mark surrounded Eddie Johnson, who apparently re-aggravated a hamstring injury on Friday and did not travel to Colorado. Although he was back in training on Monday, he was somewhat limited. Schmid said he did not expect Johnson to play in Tuesday's Reserve League game.
"I don't know how he is," Schmid said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow and make a decision."
Dave Clark helped in the reporting for this story.