Last season, coach Sigi Schmid loosened things up at Sounders training with a game of softball. Today: dodgeball.
"We've talked about it, and we've said it's been a long season and we need to incorporate some things for our team -- just have some fun sometimes. It's something that we sort of concocted about three or four days ago. And (assistant coach Ezra Henedrickson) said, 'Yeah, but we need to do something for our preparation for our reserve game.' ... The reserve game doesn't matter to me, what matters for me is the following Tuesday."
(What comes the following Tuesday, of course, is the fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match against Cal FC at Starfire. But more on that later. Now, more from Schmid:)"We organized it with our former dodgeball player (goalkeeper coach) Tom Dutra, who played in an adult league -- dodgeball -- he brought out his old uniform. We showed them the instructional video from the movie, so that they all had an idea. And then we found out that Flaco is actually very good at dodgeball. And I think he's thinking about starting a competitive league in Uruguay ... with himself as commissioner.
"I think the guys -- you heard the laughing and stuff; the good-natured jousting and stuff -- the guys had a good time. And that was the intention. And they got a little bit of a workout in as well. Guys broke a sweat, for sure."