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Jaqua removed from disabled list, will travel

At long last, Nate Jaqua appears set to make his season debut. Nate_jaqua_-_seattle_sounders_medium

The Sounders midfielder, who was second on the team last year with nine goals and seven assists, was removed from the disabled list today. Coach Sigi Schmid also said Jaqua will be on the 18-man roster for Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union.

"Jaqua is close," Schmid said in a team release. "He is going to be in the 18 this weekend. I don’t think he’s ready to step on the field and start for us right now but I think he can come off the bench and give us some very meaningful minutes. Right now for him it’s preseason. So today we pushed him through things. He was a little bit jelly-legged at times but he will be OK."

Schmid also said that Mike Seamon has earned his first opportunity to travel with the team. Seamon, as well as expected starting central defender Jeff Parke, are both from the Philadelphia area.

"It’s great that Michael worked hard enough to make the 18 to travel," Shmid said. "He earned that. He’s not travelling because he is from Philadelphia. I probably should be more sentimental but I’m not. For (Seamon and Parke) obviously it’s a great occasion. It makes it tough for Grant Clark (Team Administration Director) because they are asking for like 8,000 tickets each and that place sells out at 16,000, I think. But it will be fun. It’s a good opportunity. Parke has started the last couple games for us so he is trying to establish himself and hold down that spot. Seamon had a great debut game against Boca and has looked very good in training."

Peter Vagenas was practicing at full speed on Tuesday and is listed as probable for the match (although it's tough to make much of injury list since Jaqua is also listed as "out"). Osvaldo Alonso has not been practicing at full speed and will likely miss the match along with Brad Evans, who hurt his knee.

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