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Schmid: This roster could win MLS Cup

Sounders FC has concluded its first training session of the new season.

A couple of quick takeaways:

Coach Sigi Schmid says this roster has the potential to win MLS Cup. He says Supporters Shield will be more difficult for any Western team this season because of MLS' new unballanced schedule.

Steve Zakuani practiced and even scored a goal. However, he ran with a notable limp. And he said afterward that he was happy to be participating but frustrated by his body not yet doing all that he wants it to do. Neither he nor Schmid would indicate a timeline for Zakuani's return to games.

O'Brian White was limited and seems well behind Zakuani's progress.

Osvaldo Alonso said the club begins the season with a base goal of winning a playoff series for the first time.

I'll be back with more.