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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Ready For Real Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today before flying out to Salt Lake later today.

Franck Songo'o was missing from practice today, although he was spotted around the training enter after practice had reopened. According to John Spencer on last night's "Talk Timbers" on 750 The Game, Songo'o suffered a strained knee before coming out of the game against San Jose on Tuesday.

Still missing from practice were Rodney Wallace and Eric Brunner. Wallace is still recovering from a knock he took in Colorado last weekend, while Brunner is still waiting to be cleared to practice after suffering a concussion over a month ago.

Another Timber suffering with injury problems this week has been Lovel Palmer. Although he has completed for the last two days, he has also been slowed down by a foot injury, likely the same knock that took him out of the San Jose game.

Trialist Salim Arrache was still with the team today and we got to see him in action as the team played keep away. What struck me most about Arrache is that he rarely lost possession himself and rarely played a ball that caused others to give up possession. Overall, my impression was of a calm and composed player.

I have got to get to work, but I will try to put up some quotes from Kris Boyd and David Horst later on.