Here's a comment on the new schedule from coach Sigi Schmid, sent by the Sounders from Arizona where the club began training Wednesday.
“Sometimes you have some rough patches and you have patches that you are happy with in terms of your time between games. Obviously playing away at Dallas on a Thursday and away at Toronto that next Sunday is a tough stretch. We’ll have some tough stretches of games to qualify for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League together with our regular season games. What’s nice about it is we now have 16 teams, so there is no unbalance in our schedule.”