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A few notes and quotes from Sounders training

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for another day. (And that pitch was at Starfire ... the club apparently won't be able to train on the grass being installed at CenturyLink until playing on it Saturday.)

"You’d prefer to get on it, but we also want the grass to be as good as possible," coach Sigi Schmid said. "I know mending the seams together – getting them to mesh right – that’s a little bit of work. And the other thing is, the sod comes in at a certain grass length, and then they’ve got to mow it down, not all at once. It takes time to mow it down. We have to give them the time to do their work. We’re trying to set something up where maybe the guys if they want to, they can go to the stadium tomorrow and look at it. If not, we’re going to go a little earlier before the game, take the whole team out and have a look at it. So we’re confident in our grounds crew that they’ll do a good job."

A few notes:No update on Steve Zakuani surgery date.

General manager Adrian Hanauer said the club has begun talks to extend its soon-top-expire deal with midfielder Mario Martinez.

Ticket sales for Sounders-Whitecaps on Satuday have reached around 51,000, while ticket sales for USA-Panama on Tuesday are around 37,000 and will be capped at 42,000 due to Mariners-Astros across the street that evening.

General manager Adrian Hanauer predicted a total of 90-100,000 will end up attending the two games and says he's glad the higher number is showing up for Sounders.

First kick for USA-Panama has been moved back a half hour to 7 p.m. Tuesday.