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Sounders practice in private as opener nears

Seattle Sounders FC trained at Qwest Field again this morning. But this time the media wasn't allowed to watch. The new secrecy is increasing as the Sounders' begin getting more specific in their preparations for their opener: March 19 against the New York Red Bulls.

Here's is coach Sigi Schmid's explanation:

"We want to make sure that we're able to work on things – our free kicks and our play getting maybe a little more specific obviously as we move toward our game with New York, talking about our tactics for the game, certain things that we want to do or don't want to do at this stage. Once you get to be two, three games into the season, everybody can fill out everybody else's lineup card pretty much, but at this part of the season it's a little more uncertain and people really don't know what the lineup is, so we'd rather have New York guess a little and New York would rather have us guess a little bit."

The Sounders will work in private again Wednesday and then again Thursday, when a training game will be held.

The entire training sessions will open to the media again Friday and Saturday.