After the Sounders two-win week last week, Sigi Schmid gave his team a few days off before returning to training today.
Those were off days only for the first team however, so today gave us our first chance to talk to Schmid about the Reserves loss to Orlando City and the U-23s first-round U.S. Open Cup win last night. "The reserve game, for Orlando it’s a much more important game than it is for our guys," Schmid said. "We played a lot of young kids too, we put a lot of academy kids into the game, which is good experience for them. So the purpose of the game is really two-fold: It’s a different game for Orlando, they’re trying to get points; we always try to win every game we play in, but what we were trying to do is get some guys coming off injuries some game time, give some young guys some exposure and game time. So from that standpoint we accomplished that.
"The unders-23s was just to see some of the guys who have been in our academy before, to see them play, see how they’re doing and see where that’s at. That’s where we looked at DeAndre last year when he came back and played, and obviously we’re going to look at some of our academy kids that are playing there now."
On how Shalrie Joseph, Patrick Ianni and Steve Zakuani came through their reserve game appearances: It was good that Shalrie was able to go the 90 minutes. It was good for him fitness-wise -- it’s a lot better to do fitness playing in a game than it is to run on the side of the field. Ianni, I thought, did all right as well. He’s still trying to get his fitness going and needs gametime as well. And Zakuani didn’t come through it very well. He still had some pain afterward, so we’ve got to deal with that and see how we progress from there.
On Mauro Rosales, who worked on the side today due to a shoulder sprain: It’s bothering him. That’s why we held him out of contact today. We just had him do fitness and did the warmup and so forth. He can do everything with the ball – I don’t know what it is. They have degrees of spains, so it’s a degree of that. And it’s something where if he get hit it’s going to hurt an awful lot right now. We’re trying to see how long it takes to calm down and seeing where we can go from it.