After their 1-0 loss at San Jose yesterday, the Sounders are headed home to Seattle today, focused on their return to MLS play Aug. 10 with what Brad Evans called a must-win home game against the Houston Dynamo.
However, five players could be active before then. Rookie Sean Okoli has been named to the MLS Homegrown Team, which will play the Portland Timbers U-23s at 7 p.m. Monday at Providence Park in Portland. Meanwhile, Dempsey, Martins, Osvaldo Alonso and DeAndre Yedlin are part of the MLS All-Star team, which will face German power Bayern Munich at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Portland.
Last week, coach Sigi Schmid seemed pretty skeptical of the Homegrown Game, and on Saturday expressed hopes that Portland/All-Star coach Caleb Porter will use the All-Stars sparingly.On the Homegrown Game: "They’re brining in a PDL team as the opposition. I probably shouldn’t say this, I’ll get in trouble. It’s nice that they’re bringing in the homegrowns. I don’t completely understand it. I don’t know what purpose it serves, I guess is what I’m saying, unless they’re going to sell like 10,000 tickets for the homegrown game. Maybe that’s what they’re going to do. I think it’s great they showcase the homegrowns and all that. But I’m not sure how much the game is really going to bring anybody."
On his Seattle All-Stars: “I hope they don’t have to play more than 45 minutes, because starting Sunday we start a string of five games in 14 days,” Schmid said. “So I don’t need them to start that string now; I don’t need them to play seven games in 20 days. Hopefully they’ll all play a half and they’ve got enough offensive subs where that should be possible. It’s an All-Star game, it’s not a game to determine whether our league is better than Bayern Munich. It’s an All-Star game.”