The Sounders trained at Starfire this morning and waiting until the afternoon to fly to Colorado in part because coach Sigi Schmid believes that the affects of high altitude can be reduced with a quick-in/quick-out approach.
I asked former Sounder/new Rapids defender Tyson Wahl, about that this morning, while he was still breathing hard after a morning training session at his new mile-high home.
"I think guys get used to it," he said. "You’d think you’d acclimate. I think I am almost use to it. Close, but I still notice myself breathing heavier than normal. And I don’t think there’s any way around it for an in-coming team. I think it’s an advantage (for the Rapids at home) any way you look at it. It does help if you come with a quick turnaround, like we did last year with the Sounders and like I think they are again. I think that does help, but you can’t eliminate the affects."
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On adjusting to his new team) I’m excited to be here. Everything has been great so far. The guys have been great. I’m just looking to turn things around in the wins and losses category. But I think with the win Tuesday, that brings some confidence to our group. Even though it’s an exhibition game, there’s a little bit of a better feeling around the locker room, and the guys are ready to play.
On being brought in from Montreal as part of a Colorado defensive upgrade) I think they were brining me in to add depth to the defense and help out. Obviously the team wasn’t doing well defensively, and they were looking to add a defender. I hope I can help out.