"We were just having some fun," coach sigi Schmid said. "We played some 5-v-2 and then there was a game -- we call it 'horse shoes' -- who can trap the ball closest to the cone and you see who wins -- those kinds of competitions. It's just a little game. It works on a little bit of touch and you can have a little bit of fun with it."
The main news to come of out today's sessions was no news -- yet -- regarding Fredy Montero's recovery from wrist surgery.
Here's Schmid on that, and a few other topics:
Montero) “It’s sort of a day to day thing. He goes back and sees the surgeon I think on Wednesday so we will have a better idea then.”
On the Sounders' 1-0 reserve win Sunday at San Jose) “When you are playing against other MLS teams the quality of opposition is better so you can see [Nate] Jaqua gets on the field and he’s playing against Ike Opara. Or you get David Estrada playing against Bobby Burling who has played games in the league. So those are always good matchups. It was good. The game I thought was pretty even in the first half. In the second half I thought we created a lot more chances and eventually we got a goal from Michael Tetteh and it was a good goal. It was good for him because it helps his self-confidence as well.”
On O’Brian White's play in the first-team game at San Jose) “Obviously O’Brian got a goal in the last game so it was good. He was close to getting a goal in a couple of other games so maybe this goal will spur him on. Right now the goal is important for him, keeps his nose in front.”
On Kasey Keller's play) “He surprised me a little bit on the [Chris] Wondolowski save. I thought he did well by dragging his arm and leaving it behind him. It’s experience and you read tendencies and you face so many shots over a career. I thought he came up with a couple of big saves.”
On midfield play on Saturday) “I don’t know if we necessarily wanted [Brad] Evans to go 90 [minutes] but with [Erik] Friberg being sick our hands sort of got pushed in that direction. Evans gave us what Evans gives you. He’s played two games and got a goal. He’s the midfielder different than other midfielders in this league where, with the exception of maybe a Geoff Cameron or somebody like a Shalrie Joseph when he played midfield exclusively for New England, it’s every fourth, fifth, sixth game he’s going to get a goal. So that helps him definitely and makes him effective. I thought we could have held the ball a little bit better at times and it wasn’t really the fault of Ozzie [Osvaldo Alonso] or the fault of Evans. It was a combination of everyone all together. Flaco [Alvaro Fernandez] in the second half, Evans, Ozzie, Zakuani the ball didn’t flow. We were maybe a little stagnant and San Jose had a lot of the ball. Sometimes when you defend a lot then when you win it you almost take a deep breath and you don’t move quick enough. But that’s something we will talk about and something we will get better at.”