However, that's one more day than me -- since I stuck around in the Midwest after the Columbus game and passing time here before the Chicago game on Saturday.
However, here are some notes and quotes provided by the Sounders' staff:
James Riley trained with the reserves and looks good. Coach Sigi Schmid said he will hold him out of Monterrey but Riley will be available in Chicago. ... Brad Evans trained for the first time since coming off the disabled list (he is eligible to return to MLS competition on Oct. 2, when Toronto visits). ... The entire team played a game of ultimate Frisbee for about 20 minutes in the beginning of practice.
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SCHMIDOn returning to Seattle before flying to Mexico: “I thought it was important. Otherwise it becomes a two-week road trip, so it was important for us to get home for a couple days, for the guys who are married to see their wives and their kids and for the other guys to see their girlfriends and for us to be able to sleep in our own beds is important. It gets long when you’re on the road. I always say when a team is on the road and they got to do laundry, that’s usually a time to come back home. We were at that stage. (Brian] Schmetzer) had to get socks from the equipment guy, so it was time to come home.”
On resuming Champions League play at 0-3: “Yeah, we have to look at it a little bit differently. We are still going to try and put the team out there that we think is going to win the game, for sure. We are not giving any games away. We are not handing them in or writing them in. But certainly there are some guys on our team that have logged a lot of minutes, been playing game in and game out. Now we have got to manage their minutes a little bit. Those other guys who haven’t logged as many minutes can play a bit more. But we are still going to field a team that is very experienced. We are going to field a team that has got good quality in it. But we have to see how guys feel tomorrow as we get into Monterrey. There’s a couple guys who can’t play in Monterrey, like Leo Gonzalez and Roger [Levesque]; Leo because of the red card and Roger because he has two yellows. [James] Riley we’re going to hold out because of his ankle. We want to give him just a few more days but he will be back for Chicago. But outside of that everybody else is somebody we are thinking about playing.”
On Evans' return: “It was great to see him out there, for sure. We’re up-training him again now this week for two or three days and then we will back off again. This is the first time he has been in as a neutral player. He said he felt pretty good. He feels that every time after he has worked the pain is not going beyond baseline. It’s going right back to that, which is a good sign. Hopefully each day and each week he will make a little more progress.”
On competition in the midfield, and Alvaro Fernandez not starting at Columbus: “It was a situation where (Steve) Zakuani, I thought, had good moments down in Saprissa and only played 45 minutes because we subbed him with the red card. (Sanna) Nyassi has been playing well for us, although he was dead so he was the right guy to take out in the game against Columbus. But all three of them are competent. We are certainly comfortable with all three of them on the field and Alvaro has the plus of also being able to play inside. He also went through some travel. It was difficult on him. It’s not like he flies into Montevideo and has a five minute drive to his house. He has like a two and a half hour drive to his home. So when you are leaving at six in the morning, you can imagine what time you have to get up to leave.”