The Sounders who played in the 2-2 draw with Club America last night went through light regeneration work today, while the others scrimmaged.
Coach Sigi Schmid said his team came through healthy.
Here’s some more of what we heard from Schmid:
On this result against a good Mexican club in midseason form as an indciation of readiness for MLS: Those guys are quality. And for us to be able to be in the game, to draw them, I think speaks well to where we are right now in our development and our learning how we want to play as well. So I was really pleased that well.
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On the ongoing adjustment to a 4-3-3: Everybody thought it was only predicated on Oba. But it wasn’t. It was predicated too on what we felt was the strength of our team and how we felt we could make our team stronger. We’ve been tweaking it along the way. There were a few more tweaks that we did at halftime. Every time you get into a game it helps you find something new: something that you can add, something that you can alter a little bit just to make it a little bit better. … We needed Andreas to push a little more to the left, that would allow Clint to stay higher – which is did in the second half. It gave Clint more touches in the attacking part of the field, spread out their midfield a little bit more.
On young subs Cristian Roldan, Aaron Kovar and Darwin Jones: I thought they did all right. It’s nerves. It’s different when you’re young and the expectations are extremely low when you get put in the game. Right now expectations are higher on each of those guys, and so now you’re coming into the game. It’s Jordan Morris’ first game in the professional ranks. It’s just natural – even though you think he shouldn’t be nervous, he’s been in this, he’s been in that – you’re still a little bit nervous.
More on Jordan Morris: I think he’s done well. I still don’t know if he knows exactly what city he’s in, between being at Stanford, being there for the award, to being in Germany, to being in Southern California, to being in Tucson, back to Stanford, back to Seattle, back to L.A. – that’s just the cities he’s been in in the last month and a half. From that standpoint we have to give him some chance just to settle in.
On Tyler Miller as No. 2 goalkeeper: Right now he’s done well. We like both Charlie and Tyler. We think they’re both quality goalkeepers. Tyler’s got good size. His feet are very good. He’s somebody that we think has a bright future. But we think Charlie Lyon is also a goalkeeper with a bright future.
Now the Sounders get a couple of days off before returning to training on Sunday. They will resolve the Club America series Wednesday in Mexico City. Their MLS opener is March 6: Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field.