What do you say when everything is sunshine and rainbows? The Sounders are in a good spot right now: A 2-0-0 start, +5 Goal Differential and not much in the way of injuries. Of course, such a thing is not meant to last, but you might as well enjoy it while it’s here.
And so the Sounders go, as they prepare for the first road trip of the year in Chicago. Road trips in MLS present unique challenges, especially heading out over two time zones and with an early start. That doesn’t even speak to the Chicago Fire specifically. No, they’re not very good, but it’s likely to be cold, and Bridgeview isn’t what it used to be (if it ever was).
More good news came in the form of USMNT call ups for a pair of Sounders: Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris. Roldan had been in the NT picture, training and playing with the team during January, but the inclusion of Morris was a bit of a pleasant surprise.
“A huge honor and a privilege,” Roldan said. “But now, its time to get better.” Roldan was obviously pleased for Morris getting into the team. “Jordan is a very emotional and sentimental guy, and I think this is a really bright moment for him.”
“It was something that I really wanted,” Morris said. While he wasn’t necessarily expecting anything, he said he was excited for the opportunity. “It’s something I’m not taking for granted.”
The practice week was short for the team at Starfire this week. Coming back from days off on Sunday and Monday, the team only practiced for two days, before they head to Chicago tomorrow. With an early start time on Saturday, the team likely wanted to get into town so as to get full training in for a couple of days.
Coach Brain Schmetzer mentioned the difficulty of going on the road in MLS and getting results, and noted it will be important to get off to a good start. “For us, it’s going to be a tough contest,” Schmetzer said. “We will try and find a way, watching them (Fire) on film to get a tactic together so we can start on the front foot.”
No injuries to speak of in training; Henry Wingo was the only player coming of a minor injury (groin), but he is back in full training. Danny Leyva continues to practice with the first team. That’s probably not news going forward, unless he signs a deal with the first team.