The Sounders who traveled during the World Cup break were instantly reminded that they're back in the Northwest now, as they returned to practice on a soggy Sunday at Starfire.
"I do feel that (during) the break it was a good thing to get our minds away from (the loss to D.C. United), separate a little bit, not see each other, get your mind off the game for a while," coach Sigi Schmid said. "I thought the attitude at training today was really good. I thought we were sharp. ... I know some teams took shorter breaks than we did, but I really think it's like going on vacation: When you go on vacation, the first two or three days you don't realize you're on vacation. So then you finally get into vacation mode. So if you only have four or five days off, it doesn't feel like you've gotten away. We felt that they were responsible, that they'd come back ready to go, and I think they got valuable time away mentally."
The main news was this injury report from Schmid:
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"Nate was full-in in training today, so it's just a matter of work and getting his timing. Vagenas was full-in training as well. Alonso, we wanted to see where he was at, so we put him into training and then we just pulled him at the end of it. His is a little more we have to see now where he is tomorrow. Outside of that, Fucito, it's still going to be a little time for him to get back into training, to get his range of motion and his strength up and things like that, because that was the strangest injury in the world. It's really just Fucito and Jhon-Kennedy right now, and then Alonso. Everybody else is healthy."
We also talked a bit to Jaqua, who said he believes he's ready to play Sunday, although he acknowledged that he's probably not yet ready for a full 90 minutes.