Sounders expected a break for World Cup, but not now
News came Thursday from U.S. Soccer that MLS will enter the U.S. Open Cup in mid-June, the same time as the World Cup in Brazil.
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TUKWILA – Weren’t MLS teams supposed to get a break during the group stage of the FIFA World Cup? That’s what Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid thought with no league games scheduled from June 12 to 24.
Then the news came Thursday from U.S. Soccer that MLS will enter the U.S. Open Cup in the fourth round, a nine-day window from June 10-18.
So much for that break.
Schmid was being asked about the issue after Thursday’s practice but he interrupted: “Don’t get me started on that ...”
That, of course, was a cue to get him started.
“The Open Cup comes right at the time when we’re supposed to have off time from MLS,” Schmid lamented. “Hopefully the games get scheduled and we play the first game around June 10 or 11, so we can actually give our players a little bit of time off. If (U.S. Soccer) got all excited because they saw an open weekend and ... if they schedule games then, there is no point in us having an off time. We might as well play an MLS game.”
Schmid said the break at the midpoint of a grueling eight-month season would be beneficial for the team staff, not just players and coaches.
“Not that I’m planning to go to Brazil, because I’m not,” the coach added, “but it would also give people the opportunity to go to the World Cup if they wanted to for four or five days, or six days, whether you’re a trainer or team administrator or something like that. Instead, the (MLS) office will be there and the U.S. Soccer office will be there and the rest of us will toil away here and watch it on TV.”
Gonzalez out again?
Leo Gonzalez has strained his right hamstring and is questionable for Saturday’s 1 p.m. home game against Colorado. The veteran defender didn’t start the first four games of the year after recovering from offseason groin surgery.
The Sounders do get some comfort in the fact that second-year backup Dylan Remick got experience earlier in the season.
“Dylan has played well and showed he was ready to play there at the beginning of the year,” Schmid said. “I feel very confident in that we have two very good left backs.”
• Forward Kevin Parsemain underwent knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ACL suffered earlier in the month.
Schmid said there were no complications in the procedure or other damage found, making the team hopeful Parsemain’s recovery will be on the shorter end of six to nine months.
• Saturday marks another reunion as ex-Sounder Marc Burch was acquired by Colorado through the MLS Re-Entry Draft over the offseason. Schmid said the move was due to the salary cap but also Remick’s development at left back.
“For Marc,” Schmid added, “he’s a veteran of the league and he’s a player who wants to maintain his earning power and what he’s making, so it worked out well for both sides.”
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