It was a beautiful morning in Tukwila, and the Sounders reserves spent it winning a one-hour scrimmage against the Seattle Wolves of the USL Premiere Development League.
It was a very light day for the Sounders regulars, who came and went at different paces, mostly mixing light jogging with general milling about.
Why train at all less than 24 hours after a game?
"Physiologically, it's always better to come in the day after the game," coach Sigi Schmid said. "A lot of the times when we're traveling back after an away game we give them the Sunday off because of the travel. You don't feel like you've gotten a day off if you come back right away on the Monday. We've had different routines all season."
Now the Sounders will have Monday off, return for what are scheduled to be hard training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, and then fly out on Thursday to try to get adjusted to the East time zone by their 4:30 p.m. Saturday kickoff at New England.