Good morning. And it really is that, because this is the day that the Sounders and their fans start to see where those preseason moves and all that preseason training got them. This is Opening Day.
It's a little bit of a different opening. Unlike the past three seasons, the Sounders aren't hosting MLS First Kick. Even more, they're not even opening in MLS competition.
That different start to the season caused coach Sigi Schmid to make some changes to his preseason training plans. And yesterday -- after the final training of the preseason -- he was asked how he thinks it worked out.
"I think we accomplished what we wanted," he said. "We wanted to get them on a Wednesday to Wednesday rhythm and I think we accomplished that over the last three weeks as well. … At the end of the day it all comes down to performance and playing well. When you talk about everything that we’ve done up till now, the mentality in our approach is going to weigh an awful lot in this game."
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Mauro Rosales followed up with a similar theme.
"Now is the important ones," he said. "We have been doing many friendly games in the preseason, but this is the important one. It doesn’t matter how: We have to play as a strong team and do our best. It’s the only way we can do a good game is working together and making proud our fans, our family and Sounders."