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Sounders conclude indoor/outdoor training

Coach Sigi Schmid sent most of his starters indoors for training at Starfire this morning, while he (and keeper Kasey Keller) stayed outside with most of the reserves.

(Media, oddly enough, chose to cover the indoor practice.)

No big news came from practice. But Schmid and some players had some interesting things to say about the regular season passed and the post season just ahead.

“We walked in today and we are excited," Schmid said. "There are seven teams cleaning out their lockers. There are eight teams still playing. Today is a great day. Everybody is talking about the weather but it is a great day because it is the start of playoff season.”

And since I've got a picture of Evans and Jaqua up there, here's what Sigi had to say about them:

On Brad Evans: “He is sort of the knockout guy. Last year he scored a goal against D.C. [United] to knock them out of the playoffs and he scored the goal this year to knock FC Dallas out. Brad has been through it, last year he went through it. He knows what a special moment it is to try to do it again and do it with another team. I thought him and [Osvaldo] Alonso played very well together on Saturday. He’s that midfielder that tries to get forward, that’s what he did at the beginning of the season and he has found his form again.”

On Nate Jaqua: “It’s great for his confidence. I know people were thinking what is Sigi doing playing him out wide. Well, he has got a couple goals now coming from there, although he was inside when he scored the goal against Kansas City. I think it creates matchup problems for the opponents. It gives us a different look. It seems to fit our team and how we are playing. But for Nate’s confidence, anytime you score a goal for any player it gives you a boost and makes you feel good about the next time you get an opportunity.”