The Sounders have concluded training for their 7 p.m. Sunday match with Portland. Coach Sigi Schmid said players such as Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and DeAndre Yedlin continue to appear ready to play. However, Schmid revealed that the exception to the good news involves center back Djimi Traore's recovery from an adductor injury.
"Djimi had a little bit of a setback yesterday, so we’re going to hold him off in this game," Schmid said. "He was fine, he could do most everything, it’s just pushing off and jumping, he still feels restricted on, and obviously for a center back that’s important."
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Final thoughts before gameday: It’s going to be a hard game. It’s going to be a physically demanding game. We’ve got to be ready to put in a good shift and work hard. Obviously it comes at the end of the day – hopefully a good day for Germany. It’s something we’re looking forward to. It’s three points, it’s a home game, we want to continue to do well in league.
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Implications of playing three games in nine days: Our options have really been a little bit limited due to availability of players either because they were not here or because of injuries. So our ability to rotate has not been as great as it could have been or we would have liked it to be. So because of that a few guys have to play a few more minutes maybe than we would have expected. It is what it is, and you’ve got to deal with the situations are they come.
On the bigness of match: It’s a big game because it’s Portland. We don’t think about it as ‘Oh, it’s national TV, it’s 60,000 fans.’ We don’t think about all that, we don’t put it into our calculations. It’s just a home game, it’s a league game, it’s Portland, it’s a rival, it’s Cascadia Cup, it’s points.