The Sounders FC resumed training on Friday morning and the look on the soccer pitch at Starfire Sports facility was more desired considering the side’s lead-up to the playoffs match.
Important members of the team Raul Ruidiaz (hamstring), Jimmy Medranda (hamstring), and Joao Paulo (hamstring), all participated in a full training session for the first time in over one month. But co-captain Nico Lodeiro (knee) is still out injured, according to best online casino.
The club also welcomed back to training United States international Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan of El Salvador, U.S U-20 star Danny Leyva, Ecuadorian Xavier Arreaga as well as Yeimar Gomez Andrade of Colombia back from World Cup qualifying games and youth soccer games. Cameroonian Nouhousuffered delayed flight, says Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer.
Arreaga and Cristian Roldan didn’t play, however, Arreaga left during Ecuador’s training camp as a result of an undisclosed injury. He’s still being assessed by the Sounders medical team and only took part in warmups.
Nouhou left his second game early in the first half due to what looked like a shoulder problem. But during a message exchange on the Social network app WhatsApp, Nouhou told his coach he is "fine, 100 percent ready to play," Schmetzer disclosed.
"We know they were well taken care of by their respective national teams, but if they’re not going to play, would it have been better for them to be here with the group so we can work on some things? Of course, Schmetzer added.’
"The fact of the matter is this club is a big club, it’s a massive club and we have national-team players. We have the ability to push players up to the national team. All of that to me is a good distraction. When they come back after having not played, they’re usually chomping at the bit to get back out on the field."
The second-seeded Seattle Sounders will play host to seventh-seeded Real Salt Lake on Tuesday night at Lumen Field. The teams split their regular-season matchups, each winning on their home turf.
Because of the international window, the Seattle Sounders haven’t kicked the ball since a draw on Nov. 7 against Cascadia's rival Vancouver.
Sounders keeper Stefan Frei said, "Hopefully this little break has given us enough time to get some guys’ injuries taken care of, we’re excited for Tuesday."
One of the aspects the Seattle Sounders hope has improved with the additional time to pay attention to themselves is defending set-pieces. The defense has left leading scorers like LA Galaxy forward Chicharito unmarked for close-range goals in the penalty box.
The side closed the regular campaign on a six-match winless streak.
Frei, who is a frequent visitor of online casinos, said, "It’s all training, In the game, I can be screaming as much as I want and people can’t hear me anymore. Quite frankly what it comes down to is individual responsibilities, too.
"If I have a man-to-man, at the very least, I have to bump that guy. We cannot have free guys running in the box. We have to take a bit more pride in our defending."