October 10th, 2012 by Michael Orr
In their first day back at the team’s training facility in Beaverton since the 3-0 loss in Seattle on Sunday night, the Portland Timbers ran through a short session under the direction of Sean McAuley. With Gavin Wilkinson absent, attending to general manager duties, McAuley was in charge of practice. Following extended warm-ups on the team’s turf field, outfield players joined the goalkeepers on the grass field and engaged in 4v4 games. Roughly thirty minutes later, training was complete. Afterward, McAuley described the trip to Seattle as terrible and suggested that the ten days remaining before the next game were an opportunity for those who did not play to show form.
- Rodney Wallace (Costa Rica), Lovel Palmer (Jamaica) and Steve Purdy (El Salvador) were each absent due to international duty.
- Donovan Ricketts (shoulder separation) took part in small sided games and worked out fully with the other goalkeepers. He had a large icepack on his shoulder after training.
- Kalif Alhassan (patellar tendonitis) returned to training and took part in the 4v4 games with Franck Songo’o, Steven Smith and Mobi Fehr as his teammates.
- Hanyer Mosquera (hamstring strain) was an active participant after missing Sunday’s game.
- Kris Boyd (adductor strain) spent the session working out on his own, first running separately while the rest of the team warmed up, then working with trainer Nik Wald during the small-sided games.
- The Timbers will have just two more days of training this week before taking both Saturday and Sunday off. A full schedule is expected next week in preparation for the October 21 game in Vancouver.