"Chad is obviously at the beginning part of his rehab with his hamstring," coach Sigi Schmid said. "Oba today was the first day. They had taken the splint off yesterday, so he was trying out the mask. We wanted to get him through the beginning part of practice, get him a little work with (sports science and performance manager Dave Tenney) and see how he feels tomorrow.
Even aside from pure health concerns, the Sounders already are looking ahead to another three-games/eight days stretch that begins Saturday when FC Dallas visits.
"I just know that we’re going into three games now where Dallas and us are going in equal rest. Then we play Portland in the Open Cup and they will not have played a game since this past Saturday, so they will have had 10 days of rest," Schmid said. "And then we play San Jose, which will have played one game in the two weeks. We get to play some rested teams after this game."
Finally, Schmid on the short debut of Brazilian midfielder Thomas last weekend in Kansas City: "It was a hard game to come into. Pappa had given us so much and was just out of gas at that point, but he had done a tremendous job. At first we put Thomas in underneath, and then we pushed him wide right. He was obviously more comfortable wide. But he’s here because we believe there’s a lot to build upon, and he showed that a little bit with the move he made on the right wing. But 10 minutes is hard to evaluate and say here’s your grade."