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Schmid notes players who have had good camp

The Sounders will train again Friday, then conclude Cup play with a 4 p.m. Saturday match against Sporting Kansas City and then will head home for game-week preparations leading to their MLS opener March 8 against the New England Revolution.

With camp winding down, coach Sigi Schmid was asked what players have raised their stock so far.

"Guys have helped themselves," he said. "I think Micheal Azira has certainly helped himself with a good camp here. Obviously with (Osvaldo) Alonso being injured now that’s an open spot a little bit. I think (midfielder Cristian) Roldan has stepped forward a little bit more, so that’s been a positive thing for us as well. I think Barrett has had some good outings. Kenny’s gotten some goals for us. (Andres) Correa has shown that he can be an option for us at left back. I think all those guys have broken through a little bit."

On a related topic, here's some of what Schmid had to say Wednesday about some of the younger players used in the New England match.

"(We) just want to get guys into the rhythm of playing week to week and we’re establishing that," he said. "We wanted to push guys 90 minutes, we didn’t want the first 90 minutes to be when they play the first league game. And also it gave us a good chance to look at Correa over a full game. Zach got 90. We wanted to have a comparison with (Jimmy) Ockford and (Damion) Lowe, we wanted to see how (Oniel) Fisher would do. So it gave us a chance to look at all those players. ... Correa gets beat on the goal, where he allows the ball to get inside of him, but I think he’s a good player. I think he had more good moments than other moments, And he’s certainly a creative player. He’s a good player coming forward, and he’s good with the ball, and he can help us that way."

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