The Sounders trained today at CenturyLink.
After training, the club gathered around Brad Evans as he was knighted the Prince of the Pitch for SeaFair. A little later still, we got a few minutes with DeAndre Yedlin, who already is back in town from All-Star duty last night -- and feeling frisky enough to say he's ready to go Saturday when FC Dallas visits.
"I thought I played all right," Yedlin said. "I thought I should have had a goal, maybe two. I can’t pout over it or be depressed or anything. I enjoyed the experience. It was a great experience, and I’m proud and blessed and honored that I was able to be there."
Regarding that game, coach Sigi Schmid said he wasn't yet sure what his goalkeeper situation was. However, Michael Gspurning and now even Marcus Hahnemann seem to be feeling better.
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Schmid also sounded supportive of last night's MLS announcement that the league will grow to 24 teams by the end of the decade. Schmid said he likes the scheduling symmetry of two 12-team divisions, and he thinks there will soon be enough available players where there won't be a notable talent decline across the league.
I'll be back with some direct quotes soon.
... starting with this one: more from Yedlin on his All-Star experience:
"There wasn’t like a huge thing that I learned, but a bunch of little things," he said. "Like what players do on and off the field to kind of help themselves. I defeinitely watched Henry a lot and just saw just the little things that he does, because he’s obviously played at the top level, and eventually that’s where I want to get to. Just try to take away little things from him and (others)."