The Sounders have completed Day II of preseason camp.
I'll have something a little more specific later, but for now, here are some general topics coach Sigi Schmid addressed after training:
Day 2 overview) Overall, the guys have been good. Some guys have come in very, very fit and other guys still need to work on it a little bit more, but that’s always the situation and the case. Tomorrow and Friday when we go through our testing we will have a better idea where everybody is at fitness-wise. We don’t like to do that right at the beginning of training. We want to let them play for a couple of days, get their minds not focused on that part of it. Overall, I’m pleased with where they are at.”
On goals for preseason training) “The goal is that we have more competition, which we do. The goal is also that we have a good level of fitness throughout the team, which I think we do as well. And the other goal for us is that we start seeing what combinations make sense for us and start identifying how we are going to improve the team, how we are going to cut the team down.”
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(On goalkeeper situation) “We are very happy with what we have. Kasey is Kasey and enough said. Terry Boss is ready to really push. He knows that he has a chance to take over the year after. And we are happy with the two young guys. [Bryan] Meredith and [Josh] Ford have been good.”
On Brad Evans) “It’s great to have him back. It’s also going to take him a while to get his soccer brain back on the field because he has been out for so long. But the good news is we had another MRI done yesterday and each one shows marked improvement from the one before so definitely we feel the injury is in check. He had no ill-effects from training yesterday but we want with him and with [Jhon Kennedy Hurtado] we want to just make it a little bit hard, easier, hard, easier until they get back into the flow completely. There’s no reason to push them so hard to try to get them 100% fit and then they are 100% injured. It’s better to be 100% not injured and only maybe 75 percent fit. So we are trying to get that balance but both of them, I throw Kennedy in the same group, after two, three weeks, four weeks you’re going to see marked improvement there.”