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Sounders at Starfire, return focus to CONCACAF

The Sounders went through light training today, a day behind their 3-0 MLS win over D.C. United, and a couple of days ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League home match Tuesday against Herediano.

Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:

On importance of Tuesday’s match against CS Herediano) “All along we said we wanted to win our games at home. We felt that was important in the competition. We win two games on the road which is to me a bonus. Now we’ve got to take care of business at home, which is what we need to do. The team that Herediano brings up little bit uncertain of that as to how they are approaching it. Technically they are not eliminated yet because it could go pear-shaped and they could be in there as well. For us, it’s a home game and it’s one that we want to win and need to win.”

On clinching advancement to knockout round) “To clinch really requires the other game to have a tie in it, either a tie in it or Comunicaciones to win. If Monterrey wins our group is really funky from the standpoint that everybody’s won games so there’s 36 points if all the games end up with a winner and loser. So you could still have a situation where three teams end up with 12 or you could have a situation where four teams end up with nine. Even though it seems like a great start and mathematically you don’t expect that to happen I’ve seen stranger things happen. We will wait to make sure the appropriate result happens on the other end before we talk about clinching.”

On Mauro Rosales' knee injury suffered last night) “He’s going to have an MRI on Monday so we will know more after the MRI.”

On Erik Friberg) “He’s doing better. He ran today, picked up the tempo. At the very start of the injury he was making no progress the first four or five days, but over the last two, three days he has made some good progress.”