The Sounders have concluded another day of training. I'll be back with some details, but these were the highlights:
* The club trained with a bit of an audience today as fourth- and fifth-grade students from Thorndyke Elementary School in Tukwila (which includes students who speak a total of 31 different languages) took in practice in their rave green shirts.
*Michael Fucito may -- or may not -- have had surgery on his mysterious knee injury. Fucito was scheduled to see doctors today, but coach Sigi Schmid said he hadn't yet heard what was decided.
* Schmid said he believes the Sounders haven't gotten a fair shake from referees this season, citing the non-called handball-in-the-box at Colorado as the latest example. However, he admits that the club has contributed to getting on the wrong side of the refs with an overabundance of complaining and flopping.
* The bottom-line message today from players and coaches was just a matter of keeping the faith. The goals will come, the points will come, the wins will come -- they say -- if they just keep working.
Three quick Sigi quotes:
On keeping the faith: “The thing is, as a coach, you want to make sure the players are still committed, that they are still into what you are trying to do, that they’re committed to each other, that you as a staff and as a playing group are committed to trying to get the results and through a unified effort and a combined effort we can get that done. We will get it done.”
On refereeing: “I don’t want people out there to think that I think because of the refereeing we are not getting the results. We need to play better soccer. We need to score goals. But on the same token, I don’t think we have been treated fairly either.”
On Fucito: “Fucito was going in today, possibly for a surgery. We have run through all of the different options to try to fix this strange injury that he has had. So it was one of those things they were going to decide on the morning so I haven’t heard, because we were out at training, as to what they finally decided to do.”