The Sounders are back at training Monday, despite an exceptionally appealing World Cup lineup that will find the Sounders on the training pitch while Germany and Portugal are in action (9 a.m., ESPN) and probably also the beginning of Iran-Nigeria at noon (ESPN).
"I don’t know, we’re going to have to cancel training altogether," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said ... jokingly. "Actually, training at 10. We adjusted our flight to D.C. to watch Germany-USA, but I can’t adjust it every day. The most important thing are the Seattle Sounders – no offense to Germany and the U.S."
We also asked him about the USA-Ghana match, starting at 3 p.m. (ESPN):
"It’s an important game for the U.S. to win, so I expect the U.S. to come out and go for it. I expect the game is going to take on the mode of a lot of the games, where it’s going to be an offensive game back-and-forth. I think it’s really going to come down to a game of who can finish the majority of their chances. So if the U.S. does a better job of finishing their chances than Ghana, we’re going to win the game. But I think it’s a game where both teams are going to get chances."