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May 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes from today, 5-15, plus injury report

(On Nate Sturgis)

“We are not going to take him on the trip. We just feel right now he improved this week. If this was a playoff game or something like that he could probably step out and play, but what we want to do is make sure we get through the season as well.”

(On if the team will make adjustments playing in the Dallas climate) “No, just make sure we drink more liquids.”

(On FC Dallas) “Obviously Dallas with Kenny Cooper, there is a good, strong, big center forward. Right now they are playing Cunningham up with him who is an experienced goal scorer in this league. They have a playmaker in Ferreira who is quick and fast and good off the dribbler. Dax McCarty is a good passer of the ball. It gives them a lot of good options in terms of going forward. Defensively, they are a little bit younger when they are playing guys like Purdy and George John. They are young in terms of our league. But, they have good size in the back for sure. Those are two big guys. They are a team that is probably a little bit desperate. Those teams are dangerous.”

(On playing in front of smaller crowds on the road) “The games we have played so far on the road – Toronto, we were ready to play. Against Chivas, I thought we were ready to play, we were a little bit unfortunate there. That wasn’t an Issue. In Chicago, I don’t think we started out the best way. So maybe we can look at that a little bit. Our guys know what is at stake, the outcome is the same.”

(On the Eyelander injury) “Chris, it’s being evaluated, but he is another one who won’t be traveling this weekend so Ben Dragavon will be on our bench. We are trying to make a decision right now as to how long we see that recovery being so there is a possibility that we might put him on the injured reserve.”

(On Jarrod Smith’s status) “He was coming along fine and then in the training game he pulled up. We didn’t go back to ground zero but we definitely stepped back a few paces and we are trying to get forward with him.”

INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS – OUT: GK Dario Sala (L knee); QUESTIONABLE: MF Pablo Ricchetti (R ankle).

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC – OUT: FW Jarrod Smith (L hamstring strain) QUESTIONABLE: MF Peter Vagenas (knee surgery); PROBABLE: FW Roger Levesque (L hamstring strain); MF Sanna Nyassi (L hip flexor strain); DF Tyrone

Marshall (R calf strain); DF Nathan Sturgis (L hamstring strain)

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