The Sounders have concluded their final training session before opening their fifth MLS season at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow against Montreal.
"You always look forward to the first game, getting the season started and getting things behind you," coach Sigi Schmid said. "We got through presesason, so the guys are happy that’s over and it starts for real. We’re excited to see our fans: We haven’t seen our fans in a while."
A few notes:
The team has been roster compliant, and there are no additions or subtractions to announce as of now.
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Schmid indicated that midfielder Mario Martinez has been fine at training for a couple of days and should be ready to play tomorrow. However, he portrayed defender Adam Johansson as more of a game-time decision.
The club opened camp in January with notable holes at forward and central defender. That situation remains unchanged at forward, and also mostly unchanged in the back until Djimi Traore is game-ready. That said, Schmid indicated he has enough options at both spots. (Including potentially Traore.)
"We feel OK," Schmid sadi. "We’ve got experienced guys. Kennedy’s played a lot of games in this league. He’s ready. Zach Scott’s played a lot of games for us in this league, as well. Djimi has come, he’s worked, so he’s ready to play as well, so if we need him, he’s available to us. So I think we have those options. We have to bide our time a little bit until Ianni gets healthy, until Djimi gets 100 percent fit. But I feel happy with the options that we have back there."
Meanwhile, speaking on KRJ 950-AM, general manager Adrian Hanauer indicated that negotiations are dragging along in the club's efforts to secure Obafemi Martins from Spain. Hard to tell if there was a tad more concern in his voice.
Hanauer also said the club is expected to match and perhaps slightly exceed the number of season tickets from last year.
He also repeated that the club will open the full stadium for four regular season games. But for what I think is the first time, he named the visiting clubs: Portland, Vancouver, Los Angeles and the season finale. He seemed uncertain about that fourth one, however, and didn't indicate which of the Timbers and Whitecaps visits would get the special treatment.