TUKWILA — Bundled up in a winter jacket, gloves and a stocking cap, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked about his team's goals for a preseason training trip to Florida.
The opening to Schmid's answer was clearly understandable after the chilly Thursday practice: "To get a little warmer, that's the first part of the plan," he said with a laugh.
Sounders FC took off Friday for Bradenton, Fla. — where temperatures are expected to be in the high 70s — and will train at the IMG Academy soccer program for a week before returning to Seattle on Feb. 27.
The team will play four games on the trip, first against FC Dallas at 12:30 p.m. PST Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, then against Houston at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Later, Seattle plays in Bradenton against the University of Central Florida (Thursday) and the Chicago Fire (Saturday).
After previous training games Schmid expressed his displeasure in the performance of the team's first unit, but that isn't much of a concern right now.
"When I first came into the league, they always had a preseason down in Florida," Schmidt said. "You had all the teams down there, and whoever won that preseason tournament always got thrashed in the league.
"It doesn't matter what we do right now. The results that matter begin on March 15."