The Sounders trained today under cloudy skies and occasional light drizzle at Starfire in Tukwila.
Lots lot little pieces of news today, and I'll report back with more detail as the afternoon and evening moves along.
The highlight however, regarded the Fredy Montero benching/goal in New York. This was the first chance we had to hear from Montero since the conversation last week when coach Sigi Schmid told him he would be used as a reserve against the Red Bulls. Montero said today that he disagrees with the decisions, but that he respects Schmid and will fill the role he is assigned.
Meanwhile, Schmid wouldn't give any specifics today about whether the decision was a one-time wake-up call or a new role for last season's leading scorer. Schmid said this week's practices will be part of that decision. (My guess: Montero returns to the starting lineup, but with a very short leash.)
Also at practice today were Jeff Parke, who has finally accepted what Schmid semi-jokingly called the Sounders' 24th contract offer. Parke said he's happy to finally have the contract stuff behind him. Parke is a veteran defender, and Schmid said his best spot is probably middle defense.
Also back at training is draft pick Michael Seamon, who had left the club to complete his (criminal justice) degree at Villanova. Seamon said he'll be working at midfield and forward.