SEATTLE - JULY 11: Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC celebrates after scoring a goal against FC Dallas on July 11 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
First off, again apologies...this has been a long, long week of work that has severely limited me on what I can write(apart from the articles that I'm paid and contracted to write haha), but after a 12 hour day tomorrow out in Arlington, things slow down!
Now that I go to practice multiple times a week, I'm going to re-tool how I write up practice reports a little bit. Hope you like it. Also, be on the lookout for my MLS story later today on Dallas stopping Fredy Montero.
No Castillo Fabian Castillo didn't practice today and seems out for Sunday's game against Seattle. Obviously a huge loss and I think it says a lot about how far Castillo has come this summer that it is such a big loss for him to miss Sunday's game.
Villar Returns Ricardo Villar, somewhat surprisingly, practiced fully today for the first time in awhile. The Brazilian is in a race to fitness for contributing to things towards the end of the season and with two weeks off after Sunday until the next MLS game and a few reserve games plus the Leon friendly, he could get some minutes in not too long.
Short Sided Today's practice was a fairly light session that was mostly focused on short sided games and lots of touches on the ball. It was mainly a sort of "make it take it" style with the winning team staying. The team led by Bobby Warshaw won most of their games. Also, the team that wasn't playing headed over to the corner working on 1-2 touch with a player on each side.
Watching Jara He's still quite a ways away, though as mentioned earlier, the friendly vs Leon and upcoming reserve games will give him a chance to show the coaching staff what he can do. You can see talent there, but his biggest strength so far has been intelligent runs off the ball rather than solid finishing or linkup play.
Callups We already knew Julian de Guzman, Carlos Rodriguez and Blas Perez will be leaving for international duty(to play each other in games with Canada vs Panama), but Schellas also(perhaps accidentally) revealed that Brek Shea has been called up for the upcoming US World Cup Qualifiers. More on this soon.
Moment of the Day
During a crossing and finishing drill, Andrew Jacobson chested down a cross, spun and backheeled a shot past FCD GK coach Drew Keeshan. It was an unbelievably athletic and swift move for Jacobson, a guy well over 6 feet tall, to make and it elicited oohs and aahs from his teammates.
Hyndman on what makes Seattle so difficult
I think it’s a combination of a few things. One, they’ve got good players, they have some DP’s that are difference makers and if they don’t work out they just change them. They will just buy them out or move them in some way and change them. Two, they’ve got a good organization, the players all buy into it and they know their job description and do it.
Kellyn Acosta on being forced to give a speech in front of the team
It caught me off guard actually. I thought he was joking around but then he motioned me to come in so I just kept it short and simple saying I’m excited to be here and can’t wait to contribute.
Julian de Guzman on Sunday's game
It’s come down to seven games left. We have three more at home and I think it’s mandatory that we get three points from all these home games. We know how intense it is and these games are pretty much like finals for us. The game against Seattle is going to be a tough one but I believe the confidence we have coming off our road trip could help get us three points.