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Sigi Schmid returns to Sounders training

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Sounders head coach won't travel with team to San Jose.

After missing Saturday's match and the first two training sessions of the week, Sigi Schmid was finally back on Thursday. The Seattle Sounders head coach did not disclose the specific nature of his ailment.

"Early Saturday morning I had health issue that required me to go the hospital," Schmid told reporters. "They kept me in the hospital until Tuesday. The details of it is for me and my family. I've gotten the OK from here. I feel good.

"This is what I love doing and what I'm still capable of doing."

Schmid will not, however, be rushing back to the sideline. The 62-year-old is going to stay in Seattle while the team travels to San Jose for Saturday's match, instead leaving assistant coach Brian Schmetzer to helm the team again. Schmid said he'd be back for next week's road game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

This will be Schmetzer's sixth turn as Sounders head coach during the MLS era. Schmetzer was also the Sounders head coach from 2002-08 during the USL era. Schmetzer has gone 1-1 in his two games as head coach this year. Coincidentally, he also coached the Sounders in a 3-2 loss to the Earthquakes in Week 2.