The Sounders fly out to Philadelphia on Friday. However, I'm already there, and I can tell them that they are in for a jolt. I was as tired of that rainy May and early June as anyone, but it takes about five seconds of this Northeast heatwave to make you want to click those heels and recite "There's no place like home."
There was a high of 95 degrees today in Chester, Penn., where the Sounders will play Sunday. The forecast calls for a high around 91 on gameday. The kickoff is 5 p.m. Eastern Time, but there won't be much consolation in that. The low is supposed to be around 80.
Earlier this week, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid not only talked about the weather ... and also what he was planning to do about it:
"The other thing is how hot it is going to be. How much is humidity going to be there? So we have to deal with that factor as well because we really haven’t played any games yet this year in humidity. We’re training hard right now and we will ease off as the week goes on and be ready to go on Sunday.”
As I type this, the humidity is 79 percent. That makes the current temperature of 80 degrees feel like 86.