Osvaldo Alonso does fitness work, team proceeding with caution

Alonsos need water too. - USA TODAY Sports

After an extended break followed by a Saturday match against Salt Lake and then another break the team is taking a cautious approach to getting their central midfielder back in action.

Under the blue skies in Tukwila most of the Seattle Sounders FC non-national teamers were back in regular training action. The most notable absence was Osvaldo Alonso who did fitness work as the team continues to evaluate his ability to play against Real Salt Lake.

"We need to make the right decision going into this game and trying to push him into going into the Salt Lake game to lose him again," Coach Sigi Schmid told the media after the practice session. "We're going to try and take full advantage so today he did a little bit and we'll see how he feels tomorrow. It's sort of a day-by-day situation."

They do not want to rush him back to action or push him through as if this were a must-win. Still, the 2012 Best XI member and engine of the Sounders is a vital player.

"If he's ready to play, we'll play him," Schmid said.

Shalrie Joseph and Servando Carrasco were both full participants in the day's activities.

  • With team permission Obafemi Martins took an extra day off to take care of some things. Sigi does not think he needs a longer break due to his body clock being on the traditional European schedule. "This was his offseason break, right here and then he's on the schedule we're on from here on out."
  • There were a few unnamed trialists in camp
  • Senior National Teamers Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans and Mario Martinez will rejoin the club Wednesday. They can get training work in Rave Green before heading back to Salt Lake City for their second match at Rio Tinto later this week.
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