The Sounders concluded a light training session today, the eve of their 1 p.m. Saturday home match with the Colorado Rapids.
"We just wanted to have a light practice because we have an afternoon game – so taper it. But training was good," coach Sigi Schmid said. "We accomplished what we wanted today."
More from Schmid:
On the Rapids: I know it sounds like coach’s talk when you say they’re dangerous. But we don’t know what mentality they’re going to come in with. If we can jump on them early, I think that’s to your advantage because then that mentality might not maintain. But right now there’s guys fighting for their jobs on that team. But also they’re a team that when you look at the standings, it’s not like they’re far away from a playoff position. So even with all the adversity and the bad run recently, they’re still in the hunt. So here’s a team that might come in and try to figure out a way just to get a point out of here. And teams have done that against us before where they’ve packed it in, and we have to be patient and be able to open them up and create our opportunities.
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On potentially shifting from aggressive Timbers to cautious Rapids: The thing about soccer and the beauty of the sport is that no two games are ever alike. So when you’re playing against Portland, they’re very confident and they’re very ambitious, so they go forward, and that opened things up for us in the back to be able to counterattack. A team like Colorado is probably going to be a little more cautious and sit in, and so now our game plan, we have to be a little more patient, move the ball around, create our opportunities and move their defense with our passing. So it’s a different challenge this week.
On status of defenders Djimi Traore and Dylan Remick: (Traore is) starting to improve a little bit. He took a knock on his quad, and it really bled, it really swelled up. So the concern when you have that kind of an injury, you really can’t push it until you get the swelling out of there, because if you push it too early it can develop into a really long-term problem, like months and months. So he made some good progress yesterday. Hopefully by the time we start coming back to get ready for Salt Lake he might be ready to be in training by then. ... (Remick) is making progress. We just want him to have 100 percent confidence on striking the ball and making sharp turns. It’s getting there."