Well from a Sounders news perspective there really isn’t anything noteworthy that happened today. I suppose you could point to the fitness tests that will occur tomorrow. The epic Team Rose vs. Team Estrada, that should prove to be some what entertaining via social media. But besides that there really isn’t much in the way of news or discussion. I kind of feel like we’ve tapped the well at this point.
There was a really good interview conducted by Brian Stern of Sounder Nation with Levy Films, Scott Levy. Discussing the highly anticipated Sounders documentary.
Then, staying with videos, you do have some remarks from Sigi, saying… soccer things.
If you want to skip all the Siginess of the video and get down to basics the run down is as follows
0:01 – 2:17: Sigi talks in non-specifics of how the USL/MLS agreement will help player development and also mentions how it would be nice if there were more teams on the west coast for the Sounders to find an affiliate. Sigi says that if and when a decision comes to affiliate with a club that will, obviously, come from Adrian. He also kind of points out the failures of the Home Grown Player system and how this of course will support more of those types of players.
2:18 – 3:35 Jennings Rex, Anshani Fairclough (who really has a kick ass name) and Kevin Olali all reported into camp (they being the latest from the supplemental draft and Fairclough being a trailist). It appears that Lebogang Moloto will be in sometime tomorrow. Will Bates is going to be a wait and see type as they don’t know when he’ll be available to join the club. There was news pertaining to Kevin Durr, the Air Force cadet with a service obligation, who will not be able to report to camp until sometime next month after the team is in Arizona. Sigi indicated that despite his service commitments that there may be some cooperation between the youngster branch of the Department of Defense and the Seattle club, in an effort that he might get a shot with the club.
3:36 – 4:12 A little talk about 11v11 scrimmage from yesterday. Lots of various mentions of training and technical talk about touches and finishes.
4:13 – 5:04 Talking about Sigi getting a “gut feel” for the team and it’s future at this point in the season either good or bad. He doesn’t mention a cryptic “a few issues that we need to resolve”–whatever that means. But overall this is the text book, “it’s early and we feel good and we feel like we’re going in there with a great shot to do a lot of fun things” speech.
5:05 – 8:10 Sigi talks a bit about the announcement of Mike Petke as the New York Red Bulls Head Coach. He seemed rather surprised and it was a rather candid reaction. Sigi awkwardly mentions of a trip. It’s a little weird. And then he talks a bit about coaches and mentions the differences of players who have previously played at the high level in the league who turn to coaching vs. coaches who worked their way through that weren’t necessarily top end players.
8:11 -8:29 A question about David Estrada and who could possibly beat him in tomorrow’s first fitness test. Sigi mentions Andy Rose as a possibility.
I will say it’s a bit interesting to keep seeing Estrada and Rose’s name take up a lot of paper early on in camp. Though, I suppose with Martinez, Evans and Johnson out it isn’t that surprising. But it’ll be important to have good competition from Estrada early on. I know that a lot of people aren’t very excited about him but his intense work rate and pressure on the ball helped create goals at the early stages of of last season.