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April 17, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Sigi Schmid leaning toward Eylander at GK

It’s in the quotes from Schmid following this morning’s practice at Starfire Sports Complex.

Schmid was also asked about keeping Steve Zakuani on the bench.

(On who will start at goalkeeper vs. Chivas USA on Saturday) “It looks like right now that will probably give the nod to (Chris) Eylander going into this game. But Ben (Dragavon) has been well. The competition has been good, but it’s good for both of them.”

(On starting lineup with Steve Zakuani on the bench) “We’ll see. That one we’re still pondering a little bit. We want to make sure that it works, and the combinations work well.”

(On what was achieved from last week’s game) “What we took was the character that we showed. I think we showed a lot of character playing in the second half. I thought we carried the game in the second half playing a man down, which was important from our team. The ability to possess the ball is something that reestablished in their mind that we can hold onto it. That was important. But then the negative side of it is also you don’t want to give up a goal like that. I’m sure if Davy Arnaud had ten shots from there, I don’t think he’d bury ten of them. But it’s something, we know he hits the ball well. We talked about that before the game, but somehow we dozed a little bit on that particular play, but we’ll do it better the next time.”

(On if the team was to lose two keepers, who would be in goal) “I don’t know. I’ll think about that one. Probably a big guy like Nate (Jaqua), or maybe we’ll take a small quick guy. It all depends. I sort of laugh at the question because to show how ancient I am now, in the days when I was playing was when you weren’t allowed subs especially when you went into Open Cup games, so I was always that guy. I was always the guy that if something happened to the keeper I’d have to go in goal. And then some coach thought it would be a good idea to train in goal, and I thought that was completely absurd.”

(On strides left to make defensively) “You can always improve. There were times I think we struggled a little bit early in the game with just our defensive heading. That was something that we worked on Thursday and also on Tuesday. So we want to make sure we’re better on that, just our cover when we got guys going up for those type of goals. There’s always things you can improve on.”

(On if it will be different playing on grass) “Not really. I think the guys have trained on grass all week, and so they should be used to it. It’s a different type of feel for them physically. The turf sort of wears on your joints a little bit. And the grass sometimes, it depends with Home Depot you never know what shaped the grass is in, but grass is a little heavier, so it makes it a little heavier for your legs a little bit. We’ll see. I feel pretty good in terms of where we are fitness wise.”


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