The Sounders have concluded a couple of hours of work at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. This was the first full training session since the win Saturday against San Jose, and the club will be off again Wednesday before resuming preparations for their Saturday match at Vancouver.
Coach Sigi Schmid was asked about beginning the week with three out of four days off. (Although there was a reserve game Sunday.)
"We knew we had a heavy week," he said. "It depends on the week as to what we’re looking at. We’ve tried to keep Wednesdays off when we can. Since we came in on Sunday and we did (regeneration work and lifting) we wanted both groups (the first team and reserves) to have a schedule that was similar, so they had Monday off together. We worked really hard today. Today was a really hard training day, so when we take Wednesday off it gets made up by the work that we did today."
A follow-up asked if the club had concluded that the Sounders bad end to the 2013 season was attributed to fatigue.
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"I don’t think we attributed it to fatigue," he said. "But we went into this season and said, 'Let’s look at everything, let’s look under all the stones and see what’s underneight them and see what we wanted to do.' So we changed how we did preseason a little bit in terms of the balance between long-distance running and short stuff. We changed what we do the day before the game. We just tried to look at everything and tried to bring a little more variety into them."
Lamar Neagle and Sean Okoli both were limited today as health precautions, but Schmid said he expected both to be full in when the club returns Thursday.