Sounders looking forward to some time off
Sounders FC, coming off a busy stretch, doesn't play again until June 16, at Montreal.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TUKWILA — Just last week, Sounders FC wrapped up a taxing stretch of nine games in 33 days.
Another busy run of seven games in 22 days starts next week.
The goal until then? Get some rest.
Seattle's next game is June 16 at Montreal, and the Sounders will make the most of a rare break in the schedule by taking Thursday through Sunday off from practice.
"It's a chance for everybody to recharge their batteries a little bit," said coach Sigi Schmid.
The Sounders could get defenders Patrick Ianni (back) and Leo Gonzalez (quad) back from injury soon. Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is still recovering from a hip injury, but after seeing a specialist in California, it was determined that he won't need surgery.
• Groups for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League were drawn Tuesday. The Sounders will be joined in Group 4 by Marathon of Honduras and the top qualifier from the Caribbean Club Champions Cup, which will be determined June 21.
• The Sounders selected forward Dawyne Smith, 24, and defender Daniel Steres, 21, in the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft Wednesday. Seattle would have to negotiate a contract before adding either player to its roster.
• Schmid had hoped San Jose might be willing to change the date of a June 26 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, which falls two days after Seattle plays on the road in Portland, but an Earthquakes spokesman said the game will remain as scheduled.
• Sounders FC broadcaster Kasey Keller will work for ESPN over the next month to cover the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.