Getting ready for showtime

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 14, 2011

SEATTLE (BASN) — The Seattle Sounders FC have been in training camp for just about two weeks now and the spirit of competition is heating up pretty good.

There have been some spirited scrimmages amongst the players and as the roster is being trimmed down with each passing day, the games will get more physical.

“I told myself early on in my coaching career, I think my second year of coaching, I said, ‘If cutting players ever gets easy I’m going to quit,” stated Coach Sigi Schmid.

“I think one of the things I enjoy in coaching is the attachment that you have to players and the ability to interface and interact with guys who are trying to grow, trying to mature, trying to develop,” he added.

At this time, Seattle is benefiting from two-a-day practices and the morning sessions begin with warm ups and passing drills with fitness coach Dave Tenney. Conditioning is going to be the key to the team’s success this year along with staying healthy.

At the moment, Midfielder Michael Seamon is headed back to Seattle for a medical examination and Forward Blaise Nkufo is suffering from a sore calf and did some light work on the side of the field during the morning and afternoon sessions.

“We actually think we are very good with injuries. Talking to Vancouver, talking to Salt Lake they have got a lot more guys out than we us,” said Coach Schmid.

This will be the third year for the club and the expectations are high but Coach Schmid feels that the Sounders are Seattle’s Team.

“It makes it a little bit harder and certainly it maybe tempers it a little bit, but I still have a lot of confidence in this group. I have a lot of confidence in their abilities to now grow as a group and come together for that final push, which is what you need to get yourselves into an MLS Cup and so forth.”

“That’s something we’re working on every day and demanding of people every day. But it is because of the lesser experience in the league it does make it a little bit tougher for sure,” Schmid continued.

One of the things that I like most about the beginning of the new Major League Soccer season is all of the promise that is ahead. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Nate Jaqua and Brad Evans are back and healthy competing tenaciously every day.

The Seattle Sounders FC are two deep at every position and are quickly becoming a stronger, physically sound team. These best moments for the team right now are spent becoming a team and learning what it takes to flow on the field together.