The Sounders have concluded a rare afternoon training schedule, just the start of an unusual week of training that will have them work again Wednesday and Thursday before taking a three-day weekend and then returning for a more normal week of preparations leading to their Nov. 23 series-opener in LA.
"One of the things with the (collective bargaining agreement) because we’re playing over Thanksgiving weekend is we’ve got to give them three consecutive days off, or we’ve got to give them Saturday and Sunday and one more day off," coach Sigi Schmid explained. "So we’ve going to give them Friday, Saturday, Sunday off. So we’ll do tomorrow will still be a little more of a regen for the starters – some guys like to do a little more two days out from the game. And we’ll have a normal training and the weights on Thursday. We’ll be ready and then we’ll get back into it next week."
Schmid also had this update on Osvaldo Alonso's hamstring injury:
"We’ll know more as we move forward each day. Our expectation is that he’ll be able to make it back for our game in LA. We’ll go through the protocol. The rest of this week we’re going to keep him off the field and try and get the treatment and all that stuff in and try to get him back on the field next week."