Schmid relishes time off

sounders fc: How will he use his time? To watch soccer

DON RUIZ; Staff writerMarch 10, 2012 

For the first time in Sounders FC history, the Major League Soccer season will kick off without them.

Five league games are scheduled today, while the Sounders’ only obligation is a morning practice that will include a training game against Oregon State to get some work for guys who didn’t play much Wednesday in the 2-1 win over Santos Laguna.

Afterward, a rare and much-appreciated treat awaits coach Sigi Schmid.

“I get to home (this afternoon), have people over, have pizza, beer,” he said. “Can you imagine? From 3 o’clock until, like, 9:30 I get to watch live soccer. … This to me is like the greatest weekend ever. ”

For each of the past three seasons, the MLS First Kick game took place in Seattle: against New York in 2009, Philadelphia in 2010, and Los Angeles in 2011.

This time around, MLS delayed the Sounders’ league opener until next weekend so they could concentrate on the home-and-away CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal with Santos Laguna.

The club will go to Texas for training before heading to Mexico for the Wednesday match at Santos.

ADDED TIME

Rookie defender Andrew Duran, the Sounders’ top pick in the recent SuperDraft, is expected to miss fa month to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to replace a medial meniscus tear.

Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com twitter/donruiztnt blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer

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