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April 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes, 4-22-09


(photo courtesy of Greg Roth, Sounders Fan Insider and NSS)

On finding consistent chemistry with Freddie Ljungberg and Fredy Montero) “It’s just a matter of us establishing the understanding and the relationship positionally on the field to each other. But at this point they have probably played about 160 minutes together. That relationship will become a lot stronger when we get to about 600 minutes or so. But it’s just understanding what everybody’s strengths and weaknesses are, where they like the ball, when they like to receive it, where they like to be on the field when they receive it. And that’s just something that takes some time. But they’re both quality players and it will get sorted out I think a lot sooner than later.”

(On what San Jose brings to the table) “Obviously San Jose is a good team. And they’re a team that last year was an expansion team, this is their second year. But when you look at them there is a nucleus of players now that have played together: (Nick) Garcia, and (Ryan) Cochrane and Joe Cannon, and (Ramiro) Corrales in the middle of the midfield, Ryan Johnson had a good year with them last year. So they have a nucleus of players. But we want to be a good team at home. Right now we’re 2-1 at home. We want to get as many points at home as possible, and we want to get back on to the winning ways.”

(On having Kasey Keller back) “Always helps. Any time you can add a quality player, an experienced goalkeeper, a guy who has his confidence, it just always helps. I always said a long time ago when I used to coach in college, and we had a good run of goalkeepers at UCLA, it was like someone asked me ‘What do you look for in a goalkeeper?’ And I said, ‘What you look for more than anything for me is presence.’ If a goalkeeper looks like he’s a good goalkeeper the opponent says I better hit a good shot to beat him. If the guy looks a little shaky they say hey, just put it on goal, anything has got a shot. And Kasey is one of those guys when you look back on goal he just has a presence about him that you say ‘We’re OK there.’ And anytime you can put that on the field it helps your team.”

(On building an expansion team: San Jose (2008) vs. Seattle (2009) “By the time I came into the picture obviously some decisions had already been made in terms of the expansion draft and so forth. It’s like I said early on, it’s still a matter of taking all the resources available to you. As an expansion team your resources are the expansion draft. Your resources are the regular college draft. It’s allocation and discovery players that you can pick up. And then it’s what you bring in from the international market. And I think San Jose last year did most of those things, checked off most of those things, but they really didn’t go into the international market until midseason when they brought in (Darren) Huckerby and (Francisco) Lima. So that was one of our goals, was “Let’s make sure we get into the international market early, which we obviously did with (Freddie) Ljungberg before I got here, and then obviously the addition of (Fredy) Montero and (Jhon Kennedy) Hurtado has certainly solidified that.”

(On if the preseason game vs. San Jose helps preparation) “That seems like a long, long time ago. But obviously it was a game that they scored three goals on us in that game. But we had a much different central defense in that game than we have now, but it’s a game that Fredy Montero should have good memories of because he got two goals as well, and that was really against the defense that they are playing now with the exception of (Ryan) Cochrane. It all comes down to we have to play our game. This is a league that’s very competitive. Teams are very balanced and are pretty close, and you need guys to have good games.”

(On injury updates) “I think we’re getting closer with all those guys. I think Jarrod Smith, Peter Vagenas and Taylor Graham are all getting closer. I think fitness wise probably Peter is the one who is the furthest behind at this stage. With Jarrod it’s really more of he can do most everything except sometimes when he does repetitive shooting he still feels the tightness in his quad now. Outside of that I think he’s pretty much back. With Taylor Graham it’s just a matter of getting his timing. I think we’re pretty close to being healthy all the way.”

(On Osvaldo Alonso’s quadriceps contustion) “Osvaldo is doing a lot better. We just want to be careful with him this week. He’ll train. We’ll put him into training tomorrow. He did more today. The swelling has gone out of it pretty much. If he makes the same sort of improvement between today and tomorrow the way he did the last 24 hours, we think he’ll be pretty good.”

(On cohesiveness in the offense) “Certain positions are easier to put players into. If you take out a goalkeeper, put in a goalkeeper, there’s no cohesion. Alright, there’s cohesion you need, but it’s a different thing. If you put in an outside back versus another outside back again it’s a different thing, even sometimes a central defender. But when you monkey with the offensive aspect of it, that’s where it’s a little more fine tuning. It’s a little easier to destroy than to create. And when you’re talking about the creative functions within your team now, it takes a little bit of time. It takes a little bit of fine tuning. It takes that little bit of understanding. It becomes an innate understanding. And I think people will find that quality as they play more and more together.”


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