The Sounders have just completed their second day of practice. And while it's a young team, I'm the one who made the rookie mistake today … leaving my recorder at home.
Therefore, you'll notice an absence of quotation marks in today's report.
Coach Sigi Schmid said every day he learns a little bit more about his team. Today, some of that learning came in a five-on-five drill with the goals pulled in tight. The point of that was to watch the players making quick decisions in tight space.
Kasey Keller was part of that drill – with Chris Eylander at the other end. Keller made some nice saves and also made his presence known vocally. Schmid said he appreciated that Keller was demanding but not demeaning.
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We also got a few minutes with Fredy – yes, one 'd' – Montero, the young but apparently highly skilled forward from Colombia. He doesn't speak English yet, but Schmid was impressed that when he – Schmid – commented "Well done," while watching a nice play, he noticed Montero repeat, "Well done."
Finally, I also got a few minutes with Jordan Jennings, the Tacoma Tide keeper who was invited in at the suggestion of keeper coach Tom Dutra. Jennings says this is obviously a step up in competition level. But he says he's not just here for a first taste of the big leagues … he's here to make the team.