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April 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes, 4-10 practice

(On having an advantage by making your starting 11 public days prior to the game)

“I think when you get into this part of the season, you’re three games in, and everybody has an idea of what their lineup is going to be based on what happened last game, what happened the games before, who’s hurt, who’s not hurt. It’s usually just one or two personnel decisions, but I just think its always good just to guess a little bit. They’re not going to disclose their lineup to me. So it’s good to have them guess a little bit.”

(On mixing up the lineup with both Fredy Montero and Freddie Ljungberg on the field) “Obviously if you put both Freddies on the field it changes how some other guys have to play. It changes everybody’s role a little bit. It’s just a matter of how all that mixes together. I think always things like that are just a function of time. Sometimes they come together quicker. Sometimes they take a little longer. Sometimes they don’t come together. As long as everybody knows what their roles are and what their responsibilities are, and I think everybody is pretty clear about that.”

(On handling the human part of coaching, and telling someone he isn’t playing) “I learned a long time ago when I was a player and I had a coach. At the time I didn’t like it, but it helped me out as a lot as a coach, when he put me on the bench, and I had never been on the bench in my life and really didn’t get an explanation. And when I asked him, he really didn’t have a reason. So my word always to my players has been, ‘Look, I got to be able to give you a reason, you might not agree with my reason, but if I can’t give you a reason then you can call me every name in the book and we’ll move on.’ But if I have a reason we can talk about it. You try to talk to players. You can’t talk to everybody every week. But you try to talk players and let them know if a guy is doing well and you’re making a lineup change, letting them know where he still fits in. Each guy, it’s an individual thing, as to what you say to the player, his age, how many years he’s been in the league, what the status is, who’s replacing him, etcetera, etcetera. Hopefully they’re able to maintain their motivation and keep going forward. It’s a long season, a lot of guys play.”

(On inserting a player into the lineup because he was a former player with the opposition) “It’s not like baseball so much, where ‘OK this guy hits well against this pitcher or something like that, so let’s try and play him there’, because it’s really more upon the cohesion of your team. So to put somebody in there and say ‘OK, he knows these guys, so even though he hasn’t really played, we’ll put him in there now,’ that’s going to be maybe more disruptive to the cohesion of your team even though you gain some advantages of his knowledge of the opponent. So I think cohesion of your own team is most important.”

(On what to expect from Kansas City different then the first three teams faced) “I think Kansas City just from a player personnel standpoint probably has the most speed on the flanks of the three teams we played so far, and can play the most in terms of width and counter-attacking maybe more so than the other teams. Even though the speed up front that Salt Lake had could pose problems, but our two center backs have decent speed. Their speed is a little more on the outsides. So how are they going to use that playing out of a four-four-two? New York had speed, but they played out of a different formation. So I think their speed on the flanks, their ability to counter-attack might be a little different than some teams have shown.”


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