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April 23, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes, 4-23-09

(On San Jose) “San Jose is an improved team over what they were at the beginning of last year. The addition of Bobby Convey, they’ve added themselves a nice attacking wide player. So when you look at (Darren) Huckerby and you look at Convey and you go to Ryan Johnson, and Pablo Campos got his first goal for them in the last game as well. Arturo Alvarez is a very tricky player. They’ve got a lot of good offensive weapons.”

(On next Tuesday’s game figuring into Saturday’s game) “We’re dealing with Saturday, and after Saturday we’ll worry about Tuesday. The Open Cup competition is important to us as well, but right now our focus is on league. And try to focus on, I know it’s a cliche, one game at a time. You got to focus on what you need at hand. I mean we have some thoughts in the back of our mind, but nothing that effects us and effects how we’re going to approach Saturday or what we’re going to do.”

(On Kasey Keller’s return) “Obviously he’s a presence. He’s a presence in the locker room, as any player with the amount of experiences that he has. And you always want your group together. He’s an integral part of the group. When there’s a piece of the group missing, it feels like there’s something amiss, or something not there. But that’s just a normal process. It’s something you go through during the season at various times with different people. And as we mature as a team we’ll handle that better as well.”

(On Kasey Keller being chosen as captain) “Like I said, I don’t make as big a deal about it as captain here because it’s not. In Europe if you’re the captain you’re negotiating the bonus payments with the front office, and what your premiums are if you win the league and do all the stuff. You don’t have to do that stuff here as captain. And obviously when we went through preseason, Freddie (Ljungberg) wasn’t here because he was rehabilitating. It was just the practice games that we played, the training games, the preseason games, it was natural to give the armband to Kasey. He’s been captain at other places before. It’s just something that happens naturally, and that’s the way I like to let it happen. We have more than one captain. Kasey is certainly somebody who is wearing the armband right now in the games. Freddie Ljungberg is another player who leads us on the field. Taylor Graham when he’s out on the field, he talks a lot and he’s been captain of his teams before. And Peter Vagenas is another one who talks and he’s been captain of his teams. Tyrone (Marshall) has captained his team in the past with Jamaica. We need his leadership on the field as well. So there’s a lot of guys that have to step into that role and have to provide that leadership.”

(On if the formation is set for the game against San Jose) “We’re tinkering with it always a little bit, trying to get people into positions that make them the most dangerous and give them the best opportunities to play. That’s for San Jose to see on Saturday and we’ll see. It’s right now for us just getting players out on the field, getting more playing time together. More playing time will lead to better cohesion and better decisions.”

(On how Freddie Ljungberg came out after last week’s game vs. Chivas) “He works very hard in games. There’s guys who you need to do extra fitness work during the week to get their fitness up. He’s a player who puts a lot of energy into the games and so he gets a lot of fitness out of the games that he plays. There’s nothing like match fitness. It’s different than training fitness. He’s the kind of player who is getting a lot of match fitness out of the minutes that he puts in.”

(On Osvaldo Alonso’s health) “We’ve been careful with him because it’s more so, it’s a knock, and we want to make sure he doesn’t take another knock at training. So that’s the reason we held him out of training for the last two days. Today we stuck him back into training and just told him to be careful and not go into challenges or stay out of those kinds of situations, which made it hard a little bit for the first team today at times because they weren’t recovering the ball the way they normally do. We think he’ll be 100 percent for Saturday.”

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