Sounders FC returned to training today, but the bigger news of the day is expected at 2 p.m. when the club is holding a press conference at Seattle Center and promising an "unprecedented event regarding the future of the club."
Part of that is expected to be the Sounders' creation of a USL-Pro team for next season. Coach Sigi Schmid hinted strongly at that today when asked a question about the development of homegrowns Sean Okoli and Aaron Kovar. As for the rest, well I'll be tweeting and blogging as things develop.
Meanwhile, here was Schmid's take on this morning's training session.
"Training was good," he said. "I thought training was very very good today. Yesterday we just wanted to kick the ball around a little bit after two days off. Today we wanted to get some work in – focused work. I thought the guys were really in tune, really into it. We know what’s in front of us. We’re excited about it. It’s a great opportunity, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it."
Osvaldo Alonso mostly ran on the side today, but Schmid downplayed that as just a regular matter of restricing his work late in the season.
Also missing are Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, who will play in Florida tonight with the U.S. national team. Schmid was asked about reincorporating them into the club before the Sounders' next match Sunday at Los Angeles.
"It won’t be a problem," he said. "They’ve been with us all year. They’re with the U.S. tonight, and then they’ll come and they’re rejoin us. It will be seamless with them coming back in. … They should all get back tomorrow, we’re off Thursday and they should all be in Friday."