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Sounders back at training ... with new looks

“August was a pretty good month,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “As we told them, we’ve got to now bring August through to September and carry it with us for the rest of the time. We know what we can accomplish, and when you know that it makes it easier for oyu to go forward. I’m excited about September, October and November, because that means there’s championship games coming up on the line, and that’s something that we’re looking forward to.”

During August, Seattle went 3-0 in CONCACAF Champions League, 1-0 in U.S. Open Cup while advancing to the final for the third straight season, and 3-0-1 in MLS play, with the only blemish an Aug. 13 scoreless home draw with Chivas USA.

“We’re still a young franchise. Based on our youth, yeah, it’s the best month we’ve had,” Schmid said. “Hopefully we’ll have better months. Anytime you win a championship, that always makes the month a good month. So, October (when the Sounders became 2010 Open Cup champions) was a good month, too. When you look at all competitions across all the lines, we hit a lot of our targets, a lot of our goals.”

They return to MLS action Saturday when Real Salt Lake visits. And that will signal the start of another busy stretch, as the Sounders will face three MLS matches and three CCL matches over an 18-day stretch.

A few other notes:

Mike Fucito was one of two Sounders to report to training with a new look Monday. Fucito was sporting nine stitches under his right eye after taking an elbow from Dallas’ Daniel Hernandez late in the Open Cup semifinal.

Meanwhile, the normally shaggy Roger Levesque showed up clean shaven.

Michael Seamon (ankle) was the only player held out of training today.

Portland’s draw with Los Angeles last week clinched the MLS reserve division Western title for Sounders FC (7-1).

Due to the short MLS schedule last week, no player-of-the-week award was given.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday for the U.S. Open Cup final pairing Seattle and Chicago. The game will is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at CenturyLink Field.