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Sounders put on a show at Microsoft

The Sounders trained today at Microsoft -- which unlike my employer, has a FieldTuft soccer pitch on the office grounds.

A few hundred employees ringed the pitch, watching the Sounders train for their Wednesday night match against Manchester United.

"It’s great to be able to come out here in front of our friends who work on here at Microsoft and Xbox," coach Sigi Schmid said. "They’re a great sponsor. They’re a tremendous sponsor. I think it makes our uniforms very unique, and I know it makes it really popular around the world and in the States and when I’m talking to my friends. The guys – when they have a crowd watching – always the showman comes out a little bit. So I thought it was a good upbeat practice for today: They saw some great goals. It was good."