Sounders FC Heads to California

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The second phase of the Seattle Sounders FC preseason training begins this week with the coaches and players relocating to Southern California until February 14. Sounders FC will train twice daily the remainder of the week at Oxnard College, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Significantly warmer weather greeted the team upon its arrival in Ventura on Monday. However, temperatures will dip into the 60's with rain in the forecast later in the week.

Besides Oliveira, Schmid will bring at least six new faces into the fold in Ventura. Among those joining training camp are third-round draft choice Jared Karkas of Azusa Pacific, former Kansas City forward Ryan Pore former Wake Forest midfielder Ryan Caugherty, and former D.C. United forward Quavas Kirk. Fourth-round pick Michael Fucito of Harvard, and Lamar Neagle of UNLV could join the team for training later in the week.

Camp began on January 21 with 31 players. There are currently 36 players on the preseason training camp roster. Five players left after the January 30 session in Renton, Wash. All were members of the Sounders team in the USL First Division last season: Hugo Alcaraz-Cueller, John Fishbaugher, Kevin Sakuda and Kenji Treschuk.

Mandou Bojang, a central defender formerly with Gambia's Ports Authority and the U-20 National Team, will stay in Seattle and rejoin the team for training there February 18. Bojang participated in the team's January 30 session.

Not making the trip to California was forward Jarrod Smith, who has been nursing a hip flexor since the opening week. Central defender Patrick Ianni, acquired in a January 27 trade with Houston, is expected to participate in full training after being limited initially. Stephen King (toe) returned after missing the January 30 workout. Midfielder Peter Vagenas underwent arthroscopic surgery to trim articular cartilage above his knee and should begin training in 3-4 weeks. Freddie Ljungberg, who underwent surgery to repair a hip condition in December, continues to rehabilitate in Sweden.


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