That’s Sigi Schmid talking to Kasey Keller just as practice was about to begin.
Here’s some of Schmid’s thoughts on the first chance to see his team on a field.
(On finally getting out on the field) “It’s tremendous to see some bodies on the field. You get tired of looking at things on paper, and shoving pieces of paper around, saying ‘how would this look like this, or like that?’ You actually get to see people out there, and then you see how people work together. Already there were a couple things I put down on paper, like this guy will play here, this guy will play here. And then on the field, you already saw them shift. So you see who is comfortable where. And even though you think you might be comfortable there, it shows right away by his play that he’s more comfortable some place else. All those things start to answer questions for you. I thought it was a good first day. No injuries. That was good, too. And I thought everybody came through it very well.”
(On non-roster invitees from USL Sounders) “They’ve dedicated some good time to this city, and to the Sounders club in the USL. They wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to show themselves. As you noticed today in practice, we really tried to mix the groups. It’s not like we kept sort of a group of guys, the guys that we got in the expansion draft together, or anything like that. We really want to mix it. We want to see how everybody played with each other, so that we can get a fair assessment of where players stood. And often times there’s players from the USL that are very close, and for one reason or another don’t make it. It’s a situation that they’re going to get a good look, and then we’ll make decisions next week.”