Couple of notes before the quote transcription provided by the team.
-Steve Zakuani, Patrick Ianni, Stephen King, Nathan Sturgis and Jared Karkas did not practice Wednesday. They were held out for regeneration after playing extensively in Monday’s reserve game.
-Technical director Chris Henderson was talking to a reporter on the sideline when suddenly Schmid called his name. Schmid announced that Henderson, a former Cascade (Everett) High star, is to be inducted into the WIAA Hall of Fame tomorrow. That drew shouts and applause from players.
-The team practiced on its natural grass surface in preparation for what it will play on at the Home Depot Center on Saturday.
(On Kasey Kellers red card) “It’s just one of those that nine times out of ten that’s what the referee is going to call in that particular situation. Like I said, I think his hands were in pretty tight. I don’t think like he spread his hands out and trying to block it that way. But being a goalkeeper, your instinct is a little bit to bring your hand to the ball. I think if he was a defender and he slid into it, he would’ve probably kept his hands away and just chested it because the ball would’ve hit him in the chest. Your instinct as a goalkeeper is to bring your hands up. So it is what it is and we move on.”
(On goalkeeper preventing that goal as opposed to conceding that goal and getting back on the field) “It depends where it is, where you are in the season and all things like that. I had a goalkeeper do that once when I was at UCLA and it resulted, actually it was a handball by him outside the box, and then the guy got inside the box, and the referee sort of let it play on and then it was a penalty kick. So I lost my goalkeeper. They got a penalty. They scored the penalty. They’re up two-nothing, and we’ve got like about 15 minutes to go. We ended up winning 3-2. So the story ended well. But the point is, it’s just something, it’s an instinct and you’re going to react. And obviously early in the game, you say, okay, let’s just concede the goal and move forward. But again, I don’t spend a lot of time going over it. We got to deal with what’s happening in the future. It’s just like I talk to my team. The only thing that’s important is the next play. And now what’s important is this next game, and this one’s behind us.”
(On attitude and bouncing back from a loss) “Attitude is good. Like I said, if somebody would’ve said okay after four games, you’re going to be three and one, we would’ve said, okay, we’ll take that. So we’re at a stage where we’ll take that. And we’re not going to get shut out too often. So it’s a matter of just making sure that we get back on the horse and score our goals and feel good about ourselves offensively. I’m not worried, and I think our attitude of our team is good.”
(On goalkeeper situation) “Obviously today was Chris’s (Eylander) first what I’d say really full practice where he was all in on everything besides having played in the practice match yesterday. So I thought he did well. I thought Ben (Dragavon) did well. And we’ll decide as we get towards the end of the week as to who is going to go.”
(On Chris Eylander sitting down in practice) “He just more got kicked then anything on that particular play. So it’s when you’re playing goals in tight, sometimes there is a few things. I think Fredy Montero got kicked right above his ankle as well. And I think Sebastien (Le Toux) got a nice bruise on his thigh from somebody coming in. But invariably that happens sometimes. But it was nothing to worry about and he bounced back.”
(On preliminary thoughts on Chivas USA) “Chivas obviously is a good team. They haven’t lost any games. I know everybody’s talking about they got some guys injured. But those guys have been injured for a while. So they got a team rhythm with the guys that they’re playing right now, and the guys that are on the field. And they still have a good nucleus of veteran players with Carey Talley, and Jesse Marsch, and even though (Paulo) Nagamura got a red card the last game, so he won’t be playing against us. But there’s a good nucleus of players. Sacha Kljestan is a very important player for their team. He’s been healthy all season. They move the ball around fairly well. So they’re a good team.”