Sounders well rested after needed time off

Jun 13, 2012, 2:39 PM | Updated: 2:40 pm

By Sigi Schmid

Time to get back to work.

It was nice to get a few days off to recharge the batteries and think less about soccer. I do not think I ever do not think about the sport and the team. I think the players enjoyed some time away as well.

Monday training was great. Time away is good but it is great to see each other again. We start another incredibly busy part of our schedule. Off to Montreal this weekend then home against Kansas City. Then we are gone for a week with games at Portland, San Jose and New England.

The Open Cup game will be tough with a game with less than 60 hours rest. At some point this rule needs to be looked at because we are putting our players into physical jeopardy. But it is what it is and we will be at our best for these games. We are a team and a franchise that gives nothing away easily.

The time away also has given our injured players some time to get healthier. They are all making progress and in the next two weeks we hope to get Gonzalez, Ianni and Johansson back into the fold. They need to get healthy and stay healthy but also regain their fitness. Michael Gspurning will start making progress next week and then we hope his return will make good progress. Our trainers and fitness coaches are busy.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our next home game on June 20. It seems like a long time since we have been at home and our team cannot wait to play in CenturyLink in front of all our fans. The Starfire Open Cup games are great and we enjoy the fans and the atmosphere, but time to get back to the work of MLS and the Link.

Take care,
Sigi

Sigi

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