[caption id="attachment_49580" align="alignright" width="480"] Sounders coach Sigi Schmid addresses some of the supporters who showed up for the first day of training at Starfire.[/caption]The Sounders returned to training this morning, 55 days after losing the Western Conference final to LA.
The club was in generally good health, although with a few early absences including Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Dempsey is away with the U.S. national team, while Martins and midfielder Aaron Kovar are expected in Monday.
Coach Sigi Schmid said Zach Scott had his scheduled off-season foot surgery and isn't game-ready now, but should be by the time the games roll around in March.
"It’s a very quick turnaround, and we start up in six weeks," Brad Evans said. "It feels good, though. It feels good to see the guys. There’s a ton of faces, especially with S2, so there’s a lot of weeding out to do. Everybody came with a great attitude today, and we’ll get back at it on Monday."
We got some time with Sounders newcomers such as general manager Garth Lagerwey, goalkeeper Troy Perkins, and rookie Cristian Roldan.
I'll be passing along some of that over the next few hours and probably even next few days. For now, Lagerwey said goalkeeper Tyler Miller, the Sounders’ second-round pick in 1qthe recent SuperDraft, is weighing contract offers from Seattle and a club in Germany.