The Sounders' bus ride up to Vancouver today marks only the start of a 9,000-mile road trip.
After their 7:30 p.m. Saturday game at Empire Field, the club travel from Vancouver to Dallas, where they will train briefly before heading on to their CONCACF Champions League match in Guatemala on Tuesday. After that, they will head up to New England where they will meet the Revolution on Oct. 1 before finally heading home in advance of their U.S. Open Cup final at CenturyLink on Oct. 4.
"Obviously, we’re going to be away for a long time so guys are going to have to entertain themselves and get along with each other," coach Sigi Schmid said yesterday. "I think that’s the important thing with a road trip—that you don’t get bored sometimes. The travel right now looks like it’s going to be a little easier for us on this road trip. We’re not having to divide up on three different flights to get down to Dallas (as they did last time) so that’s going to make it much better. We’ve got a charter going in and out of Guatemala, so that’s going to give us a big help in terms of planning our schedule and doing the things we want to do as a team on a timely basis.”
The Sounders will train at Empire Field this afternoon, and I should have an update on the club after that.