Since most of the Sounders' returning internationals didn't get in until Wednesday or Thursday, head coach Sigi Schmid was hesitant in confirming their status at Thursday's training. Friday, however, saw all of those players participate in training in some capacity. Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris, who either didn't train on Thursday or did light regen work, fully trained with the rest of the squad.
Schmid said to the media after Friday's session at Starfire that "All our guys returned alright, everybody's good." Joevin Jones and Oalex Anderson only returned late on Thursday, participated in a lighter session than the others since they didn't have a day off. Schmid was confident that "everybody's healthy."
There was a lot of talk about Joevin Jones, who was reported to have come off late in Tuesday's match for Trinidad and Tobago due to injury, and the player was seen leaving Friday's session with ice wrapped around his knee. Schmid brushed it aside, and said that Jones "just got kicked in the knee at the end of the game," and that it was nothing serious.
Sounders captain Brad Evans has been training all week, after being out for a few weeks with a dislocated shoulder, and both the player and Schmid expressed on Tuesday that Evans could be available on Saturday if he was able to regain fitness by the end of the week. Schmid said on Friday that "he's been able to train all week, and hasn't had any issues or problems." We can expect to see Evans back on the pitch on Saturday for the first time since Week 1.