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Draft pick in town; Alonso, Vagenas iffy

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for another day.

Joining the session today was midfielder Michael Fuchito, the Sounders No. 4 draft pick who has been back east getting his degree from Harvard. Now that he's done, he's in town and hoping to stay. And although he isn't yet under contract, coach Sigi Schmid said some nice things about him: that he begins a different look from the team's other midfielders, that he's left-footed and has a low center of gravity. I'll have some direct quotes from Fuchito and Schmid later.

Meanwhile, Schmid says he hasn't quite seen anything like the parade of red cards that the current team is going through. But, as always, he says there's nothing to do this week but have other guys step into the roles of Nate Jaqua and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

Meanwhile, Schmid said that he doesn't yet know the status of injured Osvaldo Alonso or Peter Vagenas for Saturday's game with San Jose.

More later.