This isn’t the first time this season that the Sounders have had to regroup from a humbling loss.
“We’ve been in this situation before,” defender Zach Scott said Thursday after practice at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. “The first thing on everyone’s mind is that they just want to get back out on the field. Everybody wants to get that next game as soon as possible.”
Nor is it the first time that the San Jose Earthquakes represent that quick shot at redemption.
The last time Seattle dropped a game by multiple goals, a 5-0 rout against New England in mid-May, it regrouped with a home victory over the ‘Quakes courtesy of Obafemi Martins’ far-post chip.
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This Saturday, less than a week after tumbling to a 3-0 home defeat to the L.A. Galaxy, the Sounders travel to San Jose for the teams’ second meeting of the season.
The effects of the still-nagging wound remained evident in Thursday’s practice session.
“Guys were obviously pissed,” midfielder Brad Evans said. “That’s a good sign. They want to practice. They don’t want days off. They come in and get extra work after a loss. Guys are hungry.”
The Sounders will be hoping for one last parallel to that first San Jose game: A subsequent hot streak.
Seattle went 8-1-1 in its next 11 games following the Revolution loss, with the only other setback before Monday night a narrow 1-0 defeat in Vancouver.
Evans, who missed Seattle’s friendly draw with Tottenham and 3-0 loss to Los Angeles, participated in the full training session Thursday, stoking optimism for a Saturday return.
“He looked fantastic the last couple days that he’s been training,” Scott said. “I expect him to play a big role in the San Jose game.”
The statuses of Chad Marshall, who is still recovering from last Saturday’s car accident, and Lamar Neagle, who was limited to walking and jogging on Thursday, remain uncertain. “It’s gotten better, but not significant enough yet,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said of Marshall. “It’s one of those things where he could wake up tomorrow morning and feel great. He feels better than he has felt, but he’s taking it day by day.”
• Midfielder/forward David Estrada has been loaned from the Sounders to the Charlotte Eagles, a club he previously joined on loan from July 17-19, of the USL Pro league. Estrada has scored five goals in 18 appearances during his five seasons with Seattle and was on loan to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL in April.