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Schmid on Sounders' health, defense, etc.

The Sounders have completed their first day of training for their Saturday match at FC Dallas.

The prime news from coach Sigi Schmid was an update on injured prospects Damion Lowe and Kevin Parsemain.

Schmid said Lowe had felt a twinge at practice a couple of weeks ago. When rest didn't help, an MRI was done, and it showed a tear. Lowe went to Colorado for testing, and the decision for surgery was made. He is expected to be back practicing in six to eight weeksn.

Parsemain felt his foot stick in the grass during a reserve game vs. Oregon State on Sunday, and that probably signaled his ACL tear. The club is waiting for the swelling to reduce before scheduling surgery. He could be out for the season.

More from Schmid:

On Andy Rose and Brad Evans: Both doing better. Evans we’re being really slow with because he has a tendency to push too hard too quick. I think that’s why he set himself back a little bit. So we want to make sure that if he’s not ready for Dallas this weekend that he’s definitely going to be ready for Chivas the next weekend.

On defense vs. Portland: It’s been individual mistakes, but obiously we have to work on it. Today in training we worked on it a little bit. I think we’ve got to do a better job in terms of our transition. Right away when we lose the ball we’ve got to get tighter to people. I think we’ve got to do a better job of sliding across the field. But those are all things that we’re going to work on.

On Jalil Anibaba's performance: I thought he just had a bad game in terms of a couple of plays. He had a couple of good plays, where he sets up Cooper for the goal, and he’s unlucky not to get a goal in the second half that hits Oba in the foot. So he makes a couple of good plays. But then there were a couple of plays where he needs to step up and get tighter – he knows that. And obviously he gets stripped from behind by (Maximiliano) Urruti. … He made some good plays, he made some bad plays. He’ll continue to be a part of what we’re doing – an important part.

On the Dempsey (MLS goals leader)combination with Martins (MLS assists leader): I think what we really wish is for them to continue to find each other. They find each other on short passes; sometimes it’s got to be a little bit bigger. But I don’t care who scores, I don’t care who gets the assist, as long as we’re scoring as a team.