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Graham drenches; Ianni starts; Jaqua mourns

The Sounders are off the pitch from another warm day of training.

The highlight of the session might have been Taylor Graham pouring a Gatorade container of water over the head of current and former teammate Roger Levesque. Levesque didn't really do anything to deserve it, but Graham said it is his birthday so he felt free to have his fun.

Meanwhile, coach Sigi Schmid implied that Patrick Ianni may start Saturday at Chivas in place of Tyrone Marshall, who is serving a red-card suspension. (More on that later.)

"You don't want to lose people down the middle of the field for sure," Schmid said. "And obviously they earned those starting spots. But on the same token it's an opportunity for somebody else. I think Patrick Ianni has played well in the games that he has come in to play. I thought he played well the other night in the Open Cup game as a center back. He started in this league before, so it's a chance for him to put a stamp on it and say 'I'm here, I'm ready and I'm willing to compete'."

And finally, Nate Jaqua missed practice today while attending his grandfather's funeral in Oregon. Jaqua is expected back tonight and will train with the team tomorrow.