Just got off a conference call with newest Sounder Blaise Nkufo and coach Sigi Schmid.
Not a whole lot to report of massive import, but it does sound like Nkufo will suit up against DC United, although he probably won't start. Schmid made it sound like there's a decent chance he could come off the bench if the circumstances are right. The Sounders are still waiting on the International Transfer Certificate, which the team is hoping to receive by gametime.
Nkufo, for his part, sounded like he's ready to get on the field.
"As I said, it was my first training session this morning and mentally – I think that’s the most important – I’m really happy to be back on the field and I’m ready to play the next months," Nkufo said.
I'm sure you're curious, and someone did ask about it, but there was no light shed on the Freddie Ljungberg situation.
"He didn't travel because of the ankle," Schmid said. "It's all speculation (regarding transfer talk). We have to prepare ourselves for this game."
Complete transcript after the jump.