"Today was the first day he was in training, where he was in goal against live play, and he felt pretty good – how he came out of it," Schmid said. "And he had a good training session yesterday, and he felt good coming out of that as well. So he’s definitely moving closer. He won’t play tomorrow – so I can ease (Chivas coach) Robin Fraser’s concerns there. But I wouldn’t rule him out necessary for Sunday. And after that for sure he’s probably full in."
"Tomorrow" is the U.S. Open Cup semifinal against Chivas. "Sunday" is an MLS regular-season match at New York. And "after" is the home friendly against Chelsea.
Schmid was asked if there was any advantage to Gspurning returning in a friendly.
"We’ll see how he is," he said. "He’s a veteran goalkeeper, a veteran guy. As you try to talk to, they have a good sense of where they’re at in their game and where their bodies are at. I know he mistimed one cross at practice, and I asked, ‘What happened?’ He goes, ‘I need a couple of more practice sessions to get my timing down on that.’ But outside of that it was good. He made the one penalty-kick stop with a good reaction. So he’ll know when he’s ready, and we’ll know."
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Schmid was asked what it might mean for the Sounders to have their No. 1 keeper back for the first time since going out with a hip injury on May 2.
"You look at our goals-against at the beginning of the season when he was in goal (0.46)," Schmid said. "He was a big part of that – not the only part of it, it was a group effort. But certainly his leadership is important for us on the field. And you’ve seen his personality – just getting his personality in the locker room, in the locker room before the game, in the locker room at halftime, on the field – helps our team as well. He’s a guy that’s pretty positive, he’s funny, but he’s also serious about what it takes to win on that given day. So he helps us in a lot of ways."