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April 16, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes, 4-16-09

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(On if a goalkeeper has been chosen for Saturday’s game) “Not a hundred percent yet. We’re going to sit. You guys have talked more to my keepers and my goalkeeper coach than I have since the end of practice. You might have a better idea. Tell me. Who have we settled on? Obviously they both got time. We wanted to see how the workout would go with each of them today. But we feel Chris (Eylander) is healthy, so we can base our decision upon a healthy Eylander versus a healthy (Ben) Dragavon.”

(On Chivas USA) “Chivas is a confident team. They’re playing at home. They’re a team that knocks the ball around really well. So you have to be organized defensively with them. You have to patient because they like to string together passes. And if you become impatient or disorganized then they’ll knife through you for sure. And their defense has been pretty solid this year, so we have to be quick and decisive when we get in the final third.”

(On if Chivas USA’s successful start is surprising) “No. Not really. I think they are a good team. I know that they are missing players. For sure you always want to have your full compliment of players at your disposal. But if guys are out for a period like I said then you build your team in a different way and things work. You look at us at the start of the season, we were missing a key player in Freddie Ljungberg, and we designed a team and prepared it and we were able to play successfully. And now with him in and we’re still going to play successfully, we’re just going to play a little differently. And they’re in the same situation. I think they’re a good team with a lot of talented players. It’s a group that’s been together for a while now. The nucleus down the middle of that group: (Carey) Talley, and Shavar Thomas and (Paulo) Nagamura and (Jesse) Marsch and Sacha Kljestan and (Jonathan) Bornstein, that group has been together for a while.”

(On playing on grass as opposed to Field Turf) “It’s got dirt underneath it instead of rubber pellets. It’ll be good.”

(On Chivas USA’s physicality) “They usually are close to the league lead in fouls. They’re not afraid to stop a build-up. I don’t know if it’s a tactical plan on their part, but certainly they’re not afraid to take the odd foul in midfield to slow down a team’s counter-attack or a team’s ability to get forward quickly.”

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