Here's more of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after Sounders training today:
On getting back to the normal schedule) "We come right back and we've got five games again in 15 days, so that means a lot of work. And all of our games are meaningful games because the midweek games are a Champions League game and there's also a game for the Open Cup championship. It's back to work, but it was important to get the three days, get that little bit of rest physically and mentally, and I think we're rearing to go."
On the Colorado Rapids) "Things in MLS are always like that-the difference between top and bottom is not very big. You can see that when you look at the results every week. For us right now, we won the first two games, [now we're] trying to go in there and win the game in there. They obviously made it exciting in their last game here with the goal by [Omar] Cummings late. We're hoping their win during the week in the international game they played on Tuesday night, that takes the edge off their hunger a little bit, so they're not as hungry against us. Obviously, when a team hasn't won games for a while, there's a little extra bite to their game. There's a little extra effort, pressure that's being put on from the coaching staff and players themselves, so they're going to be rearing to go."
On when Michael Gspurning will be back in goal) "We're hoping this is the weekend for him to come back. He's gone through the weeks of training now to build up. This is the game we targeted. He's gone through training all this week. It's good to have his voice back there again, have his presence in the locker room because he's a veteran guy who's got a good presence and is a calming guy for us. If we can return to the defending we had at the beginning part of the season and the goals against, and that average we had at the beginning of the season with him in goal, that'll help us a long way to achieve our goals."
On if he is ready to play) "He's ready, and we'll look at it and make sure there's no setbacks between now and then, but he's ready. Andrew Weber is also ready and so we'll have some good decisions to make in goalkeeping."