With a steady diet of MLS, friendly, CONCACAF and U.S. Open Cup behind them, this seems almost like a lull in the Sounders schedule with only a reserve game in Vancouver tomorrow and then a league game against Chivas USA at home Saturday.
However, that's actually what's generally considered a normal week, not a vacation, coach Sigi Schmid was quick to remind today.
"It’s not a week of rest, it’s a week of work," he said. "It’s not like we’re going on vacation. It just means we have more of a regular week, so from the starters standpoint they were able to come in today and get their (regeneration) and they’ll be off tomorrow. We’ll work on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game."
Schmid said that reserve keeper Terry Boss is going through some tests today and will not travel with the reserves. As of this morning, no decisions had been made on Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Brad Evans yet, although they could get minutes in Vancouver. However, Schmid said O'Brian White will travel and play for sure.
"He will get some minutes in the reserve game," Schmid said. "We’re going to try to get him at least 45 minutes."
After this week, things get busy again: CONCACAF and MLS games on Tuesday and Saturday of the next two weeks, followed by a return to Open Cup the Tuesday after that. In all, the Sounders are scheduled for six games over the 18-day period starting Saturday.