The Sounders have a late training session this afternoon, and then head over to Starfire Sports Stadium for an MLS Reserve League match against Portland. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Admission is free, although donations for Sounders charity partners will be accepted at the gate.
I'll file some news from Sounders training after their session, and then will blog from the reserve game.
Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say yesterday about the reserve match:
"It's Portland. What more do you have to say? I don't care if it's first team or reserve team, there's always a tremendous desire to win. The rivalry exists even on the reserve team level, so [fans] are going to come. It's also an opportunity for them to see Eddie Johnson get some minutes. It's an opportunity for them to see Cordell Cato, who we think can get 45 minutes, as well, in the second half for Eddie. I think if his ankle is behind him a little bit now, he's an exciting player to watch. It's an opportunity for people to see [Alex] Caskey, to see why we've been high on him, because of what he did in the reserve game in Vancouver. They'll get an opportunity to see him play. See an Andy Rose play. See a lot of the guys play that they haven't seen play yet-Andrew Duran. So there's a lot of guys that are going to be out there that our fans really haven't been exposed to yet. To see them in a competitive rivalry game like Portland is great for us as coaches because we get to assess them in a pretty intense situation that lets you know who's going to rise to the occasion when the games are tough."
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On his involvement in the reserve games: "I'm definitely there to observe. The Vancouver game in Vancouver was the first reserve game I've missed. I always want to see the reserve games. We've got two in L.A. after this and I'm flying down for both of them. It's always important for me to watch them play. I let [Assistant Coach] Ezra [Hendrickson] coach it. I have to admit that I do go down right before halftime and give him what some of my thoughts are. I don't interfere in the pregame talk, I don't interfere in the halftime talk, I let him take care of that. I will, obviously, talk to guys individually after the match."