The Sounders have concluded their Sunday training session at cold, drizzly, and even occasionally snow-flaky Starfire Sports Complex in the Alaskan-like suburb of Tukwila.
Here's coach Sigi Schmid's overview of the session:
"Today was just everybody getting their legs about them again," he said. "Obviously we had some guys missing today because there was a little bit of a bug going around. It was just first day back after having two days off – the travel day and then the two days – keeping things big, not making things small. We played 9v9, letting everybody getting back into the rhythm of it."
Among the missing players were veterans Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni and newcomers Christian Sivebaek and Andrew Weber.
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We asked if they could have played if the game was today.
"Tough to say. We’re trying to be cautious with the whole thing because we don’t want it to spread further. If somebody had some symptoms we basically told them to stay at home so we wouldn’t get other guys on the team sick. If it was a game day, I don’t know how we would have reacted to some of those."
More to the point, we asked if they're expected to be ready by the Community Shield match against Jaguares on Wednesday.
"We expect some guys obviously to be back tomorrow," Schmid said. "We’ve had some guys out here who have already had it and gone through it, even with the coaching staff and the ownership group. I think everybody get’s over it: It’s been like a 24-48 hour type of thing."