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Schmid on Morris, Rapids and MLS discipline

The Sounders went through another training session today at Starfire. No real news emerged, but we did get a few reactions from coach Sigi Schmid on a few recent topics.

On Jordan Morris being called to the US national team: Great for Jordan. We’re obviously happy for him because he’s one of our academy kids, and I’m sure Stanford is happy as well because he’s one of their athletes. He had been called in for the under-23 camp … and he had done fairly well. It’s a great opportunity for him. It’s fantastic.

On the Colorado Rapids' defensive troubles with the loss of Drew Moor (ACL): It’s a little bit hard for us to prepare because we don’t know quite for sure how they’re going to play on their back line. They’ve had 10 days in total from their last game. I know they’ve lost some defenders, so now the question is how are they going to fill that gap. Are they going to use some guys who haven’t played many minutes? Are they going to take an outside back like Marc Burch and move him inside? So we have to be prepared for a number of different options. Hopefully with our experienced forwards we’ll be able to gain an edge there and that part of the field.

On MLS' one-game suspension and fine to Portland's Norberto Paparatto for elbowing Chad Marshall in the back of the head on Sunday: They look at certain plays. I thought that was a play that it certainly looked like he definitely led with the elbow. I’m not going to say if it’s appropriate or not for them to have suspended him for a game – that’s the decision they reached. But I think it was definitely a play that needed to be looked at.