Reigning MLS champion Seattle is finally getting back to the business of defending their 2019 hardware as the Sounders open play in the MLS is Back Tournament on Friday.
Nicolas Lodeiro is over the hamstring tendinitis that limited him earlier this season and Seattle feels it might be at full strength for the first time in months.
"I still feel like there's a target on our back because we're the previous champions and rightfully so, I think," midfielder Cristian Roldan said. "The one thing that's probably up in the air, is whoever wins this tournament, they're in a weird space, it's a tournament in the middle of our season that is still up in the air. So who knows then that time comes, but we certainly feel like we're the defending champions and we have a target on our back so we're going to have to be prepared to get everybody's best game."
Seattle begin tournament play Friday against the San Jose Earthquakes.
"Guys are ready, Nico's ready, and I think the team is ready to have these games start," coach Brian Schmetzer said. "I think that will help keep them from thinking about the monotony of being in a bubble and not being able to do perhaps as many things as they're accustomed to. So I think the game coming up on Friday certainly is going to make the team feel a little better mentally."
--Field Level Media