However, original Sounders DP Freddie Ljungberg was not around, with coach Sigi Schmid explaining after that he had excused Ljungberg since he wasn't going to play in the Sunday friendly anyway.
"I gave Freddie the weekend off," Schmid said. "I knew we weren’t going to use him the weekend with the situation he was in, so we told him to just have a weekend."
The "situation" presumably refers to his ankle injury. However, any Ljungberg absence raises eyebrows these days, amid all the rumors flying that he is about to be traded or transferred. However, general manager Adrian Hanauer supported Schmid's explanation.
Meanwhile, Kasey Keller and Nate Jaqua each were held out of serious work today, also due to injury. Keller, who suffered a midfoot injury Thursday at D.C., will likely be kept out tomorrow in favor of No. 2 Terry Boss, but he said he expects to be ready for Colorado on July 25.
Jaqua said he suffered a bit of a groin injury in the Dallas game, and then decided it had lingered enough where he shouldn't go at D.C. He said he hopes to be back in a week or two.
“Keller won’t play tomorrow," Schmid said. "We are going to try and let him have some rest. He said it felt much, much better today. So we don’t think it’s like what he had at the end of last year, so we feel good about that. Jaqua, it’s just a day to day thing but the likelihood of him playing tomorrow is small, if at all. But we do feel confident that Blaise will give his debut tomorrow so it will be a nice day from that standpoint.”