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Oba doubtful, Barrett honored, S2 roster

LogoSoundersThe Sounders are off the training pitch for another day -- another two days, actually, as the club is off tomorrow.

Highlights from today:

* Obafemi Martins (leg) was out again and coach Sigi Schmid indicated he is unlikely to be ready for Saturday, when Sporting Kansas City arrives.

“Probably looks unlikely for this weekend," Schmid said. "He’s in the gym and working, but can’t get on the field yet."

* Chad Marshall also was limited today after getting kicked in the calf, but Schmid made that sound just precautionary.

* We got some time with Chad Barrett, who

seemed pleased with his two-goal contribution at Vancouver and MLS honoring him today as MLS player of the week.

"It’s kind of overwhelming," Barrett said. "You haven’t done anything all year, and then all of a sudden you have a good week, doing interviews, and pretty much back to what I was circa 2011. It feels good. My main objective was to come in and help the team and fill a void that Oba left. It was a big void to fill, and I think I did a pretty good job of it. Really nice to get these rewards and stuff like that, but I don’t want it to get into my head. We’ve got another game coming up this week, and I want to be in the starting lineup again."

* Schmid declined to say which first-team Sounders will be on the S2 roster tomorrow, as the USL club makes its U.S. Open Cup debut against the Kitsap Pumas. Sounders who play for S2 in Open Cup can't play for this first team in this tournament.

"We’ve had good success in the Open Cup, and a lot of times in the early rounds we’ve played different people, so we definitely don’t want to get ourselves into a position where we’re cup tying a lot of players, then we have a situation where some of our Cup games – if you get past the initial game in June, now you’re going into June,July and now you’ve got guys going for Gold Cup and you’re missing guys for internationals, or you’re going into a heavy part of your schedule, so now you’ve got to platoon guys," Schmid said. "So we didn’t want to get locked into a situation, so probably less guys will play for S2 than normally play for S2."

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