Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said he will use this weekend's Cascadia Summit games against Portland and Vancouver to get his likely starting 11 into something close to 90-minutes fitness.
Here's what Schmid had to say about it this morning:
"I want to push guys, a lot of guys 75 to 90 minutes because at this stage as a player you feel better having a couple of 90 minutes under your belt before you have to go at it for real. This field is a little smaller than Qwest, so the game becomes a little more energy-packed. It’s a chance for us to continue working on what we’re doing and show that we’re a step closer to being ready.
"Early on you always sort of give the benefit of the doubt to guys who were on the field for you last year. And the end of the year last year we had a good run – we were the best time in the second half of the season. But the guys have to now step up in the games and do well with it. Some of the determinations are being made if you have a guy with a knock or an injury so you can’t really push him at this stage, or so forth. For the most part now becomes the test of really finalizing that 11 -- and the 18, that’s still off in the future."