Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid joined a conference call from the team's Southern California training camp on Thursday afternoon, and though he didn't chime in on the biggest story of the week, there were still a few nuggets of newsworthiness.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid joined a conference call from the team’s Southern California training camp Thursday, and though he didn’t chime in on the biggest story of the week, there were still a few nuggets of newsworthiness.
“There’s nothing final on that, so I really can’t add anything,” Schmid said of the Obafemi Martins situation — and before your heart gets fluttering, the tone was less about unforeseen complications and more just waiting on the paperwork to get 100 percent finalized.
– It doesn’t sound as though Schmid will deviate from the planned switch to the 4-3-3 formation even if/when Martins is gone for good. Schmid spoke highly of his team’s adjustment to the new look following its 4-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy in a preseason scrimmage on Wednesday. The Sounders’ starting 11 on Wednesday night likely will be the same version that stares down Club America on Tuesday at CenturyLink Field: Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Ozzie Alonso, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz; Jordan Morris, Nelson Valdez and Clint Dempsey.
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– There is no specific timeline on the next round of cuts before the MLS-mandated, roster-rule-compliance date of March 1. Schmid added that some of the trialists still with the Sounders are possible S2 signings.
“There are still a lot of tough decisions ahead of us,” Schmid said. “In our league, there are a lot of things that happen that determine how you put together your roster. … We haven’t finalized all the decisions at this point.”
– The starters were limited to 75 minutes against the Galaxy because the waterlogged conditions turned that time frame into the equivalent of a 90-minute toll on players’ legs.
“We were happy (Wednesday) night with our fitness,” Schmid said.
– The Sounders apparently scrimmaged against a Korean club team Wednesday morning, and the coach said he was pleased with his team’s victorious performance especially given the youth of the lineup — just one of Seattle’s starters was older than 24, Schmid said.
– Looking ahead: The Sounders are off Friday but will practice locally Saturday through Monday ahead of the Champions League showdown vs. Club America.