That’s the word from coach Sigi Schmid, who spoke after Thursday’s practice at Qwest Field. Read his quotes below.
(On how training went today) “It’s obviously two days before a game, so we want to work on some things tactically and it was good for us to be able to do that and get that opportunity.”
(On selling out first five home games) “It’s tremendous. It’s tremendous for the city, for our organization and the club, and also for the league to have this kind of franchise. I know our guys are excited again about coming back here to play. And we know our schedule with three of our first four at home is something that we have to take advantage of as well.”
(On why it works so well in Seattle) “I think when you go back all the way to the NASL days soccer always had a good vibe in this city. I know that in my travels as a collegiate coach and recruiting players and so forth, getting Chris Henderson to come down from this area to play for me. I had come up here as a player to play in this area. I’ve coached up in this area in the youth level, having teams come up and play in regionals and things like that. You always got a good vibe. You always got a vibe that people were into soccer, not just that they were out there playing soccer, but that they were actually into soccer. And I think there’s a lot of places you go where people play soccer and they participate, but they’re not as passionate about it and I think there’s more passion here.”
(On the stadium atmosphere) “I think the job that’s done with putting on the covers, covering the seats on top. I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone and he was saying, ‘Nah, you’re playing in such a big stadium.’ I said, ‘You don’t feel like you’re in a 60,000 or 70,000 seat stadium. You feel like you’re in a stadium for the size of the fans that are here.’ You don’t look up and say there’s a bunch of empty seats here. You look up and say it’s packed. From that standpoint, it’s an excellent job done by the organization, the marketing department to give it that look and obviously to get people in here. If the lower bowl was only filled by a third, yeah, you’d feel pretty empty.”
(On if Fredy Montero will play this Saturday) “I think Fredy should be able to play. He felt good today and was healthy. And so my expectation is that he’ll be in our starting lineup.”
(On problems posed from Montero and Freddie Ljungberg playing together) “Obviously it’s exciting for us. I’m not going to worry too much about what the other coach thinks. It’s exciting for us because it gives us a lot of options, a lot of opportunities. And they’re different, but they’re similar in that they’re both dangerous players. They’re both players that help us keep possession of the ball, which is always a good thing. Right now having them both on the field at the same time just means that we have to change in little subtle ways just to cover and balance and make sure that we’re in good position when we lose the ball as well. That’s going to take a little bit of time, but I think we have enough intelligent players on the field that they can do that.”
(On if he knows who will be benched in place of Montero and/or Ljungberg) “I do. But you don’t.”