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Schmid talks KC; Jaqua addresses teammates

The Sounders practiced today at Starfire. After Sigi Schmid met with the media.

He didn't commit to a starting keeper in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal game against Kansas City. However, he seemed to imply that it will be Kasey Keller. He also implied that his team's off-weekend could give him an advantage over the Wizards, who played Saturday.

In terms of health, Schmid said Osvaldo Alonso is certainly out for Tuesday, but that Steve Zakuani seems likely. Sebastien Le Toux, who was kicked in the calf last week in Portland, is ready to go.

Schmid said he "saw a little bit" of the USA-Grenada game yesterday and was happy for current Sounder Brad Evans -- who got his first national cap -- and Columbus' Robbie Rogers, who had a goal and two assists.

Schmid also said that before the start of practice, forward Nate Jaqua addressed his teammates about the civil case filed against him in Oregon. The suit alleges a sexual assault two year ago, which Jaqua denies. (See post below.) "It's obviously a difficult thing," Schmid said, concluding "We're supportive of Nate."

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