TUKWILA — Training used to be already just about wrapping up when a scuffle broke out between crew captain Nicolás Lodeiro and centerback Abdoulaye Cissoko on Wednesday. The war of words used to be intense sufficient that Cissoko needed to be bodily restrained by means of a pair other avid gamers and he used to be obviously very disenchanted as he walked off the pitch.
It used to be no longer in an instant transparent what sparked the argument nor why Cissoko used to be so fired up.
“The team still has fight in them,” Sounders head trainer Brian Schmetzer mentioned half-jokingly when requested about it in a while. “I don’t agree with them fighting amongst themselves and I’ll address it with both of them, but that stuff happens.”
Schmetzer’s feedback did trace at some underlying pressure following Saturday’s loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Although the Sounders stay 4 issues out of the overall playoff spot, they did drop a place within the standings and extra importantly overlooked a possibility to grab keep watch over in their playoff future. Even in the event that they win their ultimate 3 regular-season video games, they’ll want some assist in an effort to advance to a 14th immediately postseason.
While the percentages of the Sounders profitable 3 immediately for the primary time this season are slightly slender, Schmetzer is that specialize in a unique a part of the equation.
“Chances are high if we can win these three games,” he mentioned. “That’s the message.
“We put ourselves in this position and it’s up to us to pull ourselves out of this hole.”
The Sounders had at the beginning deliberate to present avid gamers 3 days off following the Whitecaps recreation since they don’t play once more till subsequent Tuesday. But a number of of the prospective starters had been requested to go back to coaching after simply two days off so as to ensure that they’re all 90 mins are compatible. That’s most likely a nod to the truth that a number of avid gamers will wish to step into larger roles towards FC Cincinnati as a number of starters might be absent.
At the very least, the Sounders are making plans to be lacking Xavier Arreaga (Ecuador), Lodeiro (yellow-card suspension), Jordan Morris (United States) and Nouhou (Cameroon). It’s additionally conceivable that Alex Roldan (El Salvador) and Raul Ruidiaz (Peru) might be out, however their eventualities are just a little extra in flux.
One participant who is sort of indubitably in line for prolonged mins is Jackson Ragen. The centerback has logged just about 1,300 first-team mins however has only one MLS get started since July 9. He did, then again, play 90 mins for the Tacoma Defiance of their regular-season finale on Sunday.
“He’s a promising young centerback,” Schmetzer mentioned. “He just needs more experience and has a great future.”
Reed Baker-Whiting began and scored for the United States U19s in a 3-0 win over Malta. Baker-Whiting seemed to spend time at each wingback positions.