With the ice storm following the snow storm Seattle Sounders FC canceled today's practice. It was to be the formal opening to training camp, even though most players have participated in voluntary workouts for some time. They've been doing that not just because of the roster competition, but because game one this year is in the CONCACAF Champions League against Santos Laguna. Hopefully the early voluntary workouts can alleviate worries from this interview with Jurgen Klinsmann.
Santos sits on 4 points in 2 games played so far as they are early in their season. They ended the Apertura regular season in 4th and last in the two leg Finals for 2nd overall. The team is one of the top two or three in Mexico, which in CONCACAF means they are top two or three in the region. Their 5-1-2 +11 GD in Prelims and Group Stages earned them a spot in the Championship (knockout) Round and includes two wins over the Colorado Rapids by total score of 6-1.
Balón de Oro Awards: Lucas Lobos Named Top Player, Joe Corona Top Newcomer - FMF State Of Mind. In the post-season awards Santos was recognized with best Forward & Defensive Midfielder in Mexico.
Even though they already added American Hercules Gomez they may not be done.
Mexicans Abroad Recap: Guardado leads Deportivo top, Castillo scores and is sent off, Ochoa and Ajaccio post another win - Goal.com
Efrain Juarez, was taken off the roster to free up a non-EU roster spot, though he continues to train with the team. The two strongest possibilities regarding his future are that he returns to Celtic or home to Mexico, possibly with Santos Laguna, which has a working relationship with Celtic.
Santos Laguna takes Jaguares de Chiapas at 5PM Saturday.
Consider this an open thread and live Q&A throughout the day. There isn't likely to be much in the way of Sounders news today. Adam Johansson did go 90 minutes in Sweden's 2-0 friendly win over Bahrain.