Their streak of five games in 15 days now behind them, Sounders FC faces only one game this week: Saturday at Vancouver.
They returned to training today.
"It’s good to get a little bit of time, a little bit of rest in as well," coach Sigi Schmid said. "It was mainly a (regeneration) for the guys today who played on Saturday. And then tomorrow will be a mix: some guys will do a little more training than others will. Wednesday’s a day off again and then Thursday we’ll really get back into the routine. But at least it gives us a couple of days Tuesday and Thursday where we can work on some things that we think we need to improve upon in terms of the final third.
On if the recent run of games was too much: "Five in 15 is a lot. But on the same token it’s something they, hey, it’s something that we got through. When you look at the game, when you break down the game, in the first half we were making actually some decent runs in the box, but our crossing was off a little bit. In the second half as our crossing improved, our runs in the box sort of died out. That’s a little bit of reflection of them just being tied. So maybe some fresher forward legs up there might have made a difference for us, because those guys had given everything they had. But on the same token it’s not an excuse. If oyu can win four out of five guys in a stretch like that, I think it’s pretty good."
Schmid said he doesn't know much about the lineup he'll use Vancouver. However, he did indicate that he expects injuries to remove from consideration three veteran Sounders: midfielder Brad Evans, defender Patrick Ianni and goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
"Obviously, Michael has taken a little bit of time," Schmid said. "Ianni is probably out as well this week. Evans we’re really not going to look at until Thursday and is probably a little more doubtful. But I think everybody else should be back or close to being back."