One thing I've noticed about Sounders coach Sigi Schmid's training sessions is that they're rarely the same two days in a row.
On Monday, Schmid gave his over-30 players the day off. Yesterday, the Sounders ended practice with a competition where all the players and some assistants and staff tried to hit the crossbar from about 40 yards away. Terry Boss -- a goalkeeper of all people -- ended up winning that in a shoot-out against Tyson Wahl, and -- I believe -- was rewarded with a $50 gift certificate from a local restaurant.
(Coach Sigi Schmid chose not to participate, explaining: "I can't kick it that far anymore. When you go over 55 you lose your pop and you can't hit it with the same distance. If it had been closer I would have competed. But it's funny, when I became coach of the Galaxy it was like the second practice and we had a hit-the-crossbar competition, and it came down to me and Cobi (Jones), and I beat Cobi. So I was proud of that. ... Those were the days when I could still strike a ball.)
Today, the Sounders ended practice with a fast-paced finishing drill (pictured) where the two goals were brought in about 40 yards apart, players played the ball in from one end line, and a pass retured to them from an assistant coach, where the original player ran on, one-touched and fired.
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At this stage of the season, I'm sure the varied schedules are appreciated. And everyone seemed pretty upbeat on the field today in what will be their final Starfire practice of the week.
The team has a Thursday morning flight out to D.C.