Seattle Sounders Training Camp News And Notes: Roster And Lineup Taking Shape

The Seattle Sounders opened training camp on Tuesday at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. Follow along with all the news and notes ahead of the Sounders' 2011 season.

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Seattle Sounders Training Camp: First Round Of Roster Cuts Released

The Seattle Sounders touched down in Arizona on Sunday for two weeks of intensive training in the desert. Before leaving, though, the team made a few roster moves, paring down the nearly 40 players in camp in the first of what will likely be many cuts before the season begins.

The players no longer training with the team were announced in the Sounders’ weekly media release on Monday.

SuperDraft choice Alex Caskey, supplemental pick Sean Morris and invitees Edouard Kabamba, Cole Peverley and Jesus Gonzalez are no longer training with the club.

The Sounders have 30 roster spots to work with in 2011, detailed by Sounder At Heart’s Dave Clark last week. The slots are broken up into three categories: senior, league minimum players and players under the age of 25 signed at league minimum. For an idea of who fits where, and how the roster may take shape, check out Clark’s post on the roster as currently constructed.

For more on the Sounders, be sure to stop by SB Nation’s Sounder At Heart.

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Seattle Sounders Training Camp: Scrimmage Gives A Peek At Possible Lineup

While most of Friday's training at the VMAC consisted of speed and agility testing, the Seattle Sounders did hit the field for 11-on-11 scrimmages to end the day. The Sounders were broken up into three teams, going full-speed in a game-type situation. Those scrimmages gave us a peek at what the 2011 Sounders may look like.

The starters were filled with the players we've become accustomed to, with little change from last season. It was the second-team, if you will, that was interesting, and something we'll get into later. Here are the teams:

First-team: GK Kasey Keller, RB James Riley, CB Patrick Ianni, CB Jeff Parke, LB Leo Gonzalez, CM Osvaldo Alonso, CM Brad Evans, LM Steve Zakuani, RM Alvaro Fernandez, WF Fredy Montero, TF Blaise NKufo

Second-team: Gk Terry Boss, RB Zach Scott, CB Tyson Wahl, CB John Kennedy Hurtado, LB Danny Earls, CM Erik Friberg, CM Servando Carrasco, LM Miguel Montano, RM Eduardo Kambaba, WF Mike Fucito, TF O'Brian White

The third team was made up of everyone else, mostly consisting of the youngsters and camp invitees. The Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers was able to round up the entire third team, a task in itself.

GK Josh Ford/Brian Meredith, RB Corey Attaway, CB Leone Cruz, CB Cole Peverley (invitee), LB Michael Tetteh, RM Seedy Bah (invitee), CM Mike Seamon, CM Alex Caskey/Jonathan Prieto (invitee), LM Roger Levesque, F Lamar Neagle, F David Estrada

The pairing of O'Brian White and Mike Fucito is a quick one, with both among the top-five fastest Sounders. More than once, Fucito used his speed to blow by the back line and create space in the box on a run-out. White, on the other hand, possesses the speed and size to create matchup fits, which he did in a more holding position on Friday.

Eduardo Kambaba is an invitee, but made quite an impression on Friday. In one of the 11-on-11, Kambaba had a beautiful goal, winning the ball out of the air while flicking it towards the inside with his head before burying a rocket-volley. Kambaba also appeared to be one of the fastest players in the speed drills.

Steve Zakuani and O'Brian White also scored goals. Zakuani's came off the left wing after he was given some space to work and White's came off a rebound after Carrasco put one off the crossbar.

The Sounders will make a few roster moves, trimming it down by about five players, before flying to Arizona on Sunday for about two weeks of two-a-day training sessions.

For more on the Sounders, check out SB Nation's Sounder At Heart.

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Seattle Sounders Training Camp News And Notes: First Day Features Fresh Faces

The Seattle Sounders opened their full training camp on Tuesday at Starfire in Tukwila as they prepare for the 2011 season. The first thing that stood out was the sheer number of players the Sounders were working out -- nearly 40 in all. Among them were familiar faces, offseason acquisitions and players on trial, battling for a spot on the Sounders' roster. It led to many "who is that?" moments throughout the morning as everyone got to know the Sounders all over again.

While the bulk of the starting and reserve spots are all but decided, head coach Sigi Schmid said the team was taking a good hard look at the newcomers, seeing if any could bring something to the team.

"You're looking for somebody who has something a little special. Somebody who can add something that maybe you're missing or don't have and I think a couple of guys have shown that." Schmid said. "We need to add some guys because our roster expands. So I feel pretty good about the quality of the players we're looking at to fill those spots."

The Sounders will have a full schedule again this year, with the full MLS slate, the CONCACAF Champions League and a defense of their US Open Cup title all on the docket. The rigorous schedule makes depth crucial for the Sounders, who have lofty goals for the 2011 season.

"This is the year now you've gotta step forward. We're one of four teams that have made the playoffs the last two years. But in four playoff games we scored one goal. So, we need to score more goals in the playoffs." Schmid said before looking to the future. "This is the year that if we don't accomplish some of the things that we feel we can accomplish you've gotta start looking at breaking up that core, so this is an important year."

Perhaps the biggest offseason acquisition was 24-year-old Swede Erik Friberg. He's not flashy -- despite looking liken 80s tennis star, as one reporter said -- but he gives the Sounders a boost in the midfield. With winger Sanna Nyassi and central midfielder Nathan Sturgis gone, Friberg is the type of player that could, and should, immediately make an impact as competition begins.

For now, though, Friberg is busy adjusting to American culture and the Sounders. Like many others, the fanbase in Seattle were a draw for Friberg, who was looking for a change of pace at 24-years-old.

"I wanted to try something different from Europe and I think it's gonna be good." Friberg said. "I know that [the Sounders] have huge fans, like 40,000, so it's fantastic."

The Sounders will continue training at Starfire before breaking camp and heading to Arizona to get down for more rigorous sections.

Injuries

Plagued by injuries that limited the team last season, the Sounders are relatively healthy this year, with almost everyone fully participating on the first day. Nate Jaqua, still recovering from surgery, Taylor Graham, who was dealing with "something" and Pat Noonan were not involved in training, but are expected to be back soon.  Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Brad Evans were both back and participated in all drills. Schmid said the Sounders are bringing White and Blaise Nkufo along slowly as the team sees how they respond to the rigors of camp, as well.

Notes

O'Brian White made his presence known early in the 9-on-9 drills, hammering a volley off the crossbar and in on one of his first touches ... The Sounders are working with four goalkeepers in training: Kasey Keller, Terry BossBryan Meredith and Josh Ford. Ford and Meredith stayed on the field for a lengthy amount of time after practice, making the most of the extra practice time ... Tuesday was the first day of full camp, and the first day the media was at practice. The newcomers have been training with the team for a week and were joined by the veterans on Tuesday.

Check out Kirsten Schlewitz's quick review of the offseason moves to get caught up on the Sounders. For more on training camp, stay tuned to our StoryStream as the Sounders head toward the season. For all your Sounders needs, including interviews, profiles and more from camp, visit SB Nation's Sounder At Heart.

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