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June 8, 2009 at 4:12 PM

A selection of Sigi Schmid quotes

These from today after practice:

(On offensive effectiveness from Chivas game) “I remember reading a writer a long time ago in the L.A. Times that the measure of soccer’s attractiveness is not in the goal scored, it’s in the goal scoring opportunities that are created. I think that we created some opportunities, didn’t necessarily always result in shots and certainly they didn’t result in goals. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to be better in front of the goal. We’ve got to be a little more aggressive. We’ve got to be a little more dynamic. We’ve got to be a little bit hungrier. All of those things apply. I was happy with our ability to control the flow of the game. I thought we controlled the game against a team who’s pretty much known as a possession-oriented team in this league, and usually has more possession than whoever they play. And against us, I thought that we had more possession than they did, so I was happy with all those things. From 18 to 18 it was good, but we’ve got to get better in the final 18.”

(On the goal resulting from a loss of focus) “It wasn’t really where they got us with the quick throw-in or anything like that. They threw the ball in. We had guys in good position. (Paulo) Nagamura made a run off the one-two. We didn’t really run well enough with them. And then when the ball got behind us, the player that was on (Eduardo) Lillingston fell asleep a little bit. But it’s like anything, if you’re an attacking player if you do 19 things wrong and one thing right you’re a hero. If you’re a defending player and you do 19 things right and one thing wrong you’re a goat. That’s what makes defense tougher. That’s what also makes attacking tough because it’s hard to get that final touch and score that goal. It’s just one of those things. You want to eliminate that mistake on the other end. But if we had buried our chances on the other end of the field and buried two or three, we wouldn’t be talking very much about their goal.”

(On lack of consistency with the referees) “I don’t want to say anything about the officials. So we’ll just leave it at that.”

(On reviewing film from last week’s game) “My thoughts are still the same. I’m not mad at my guys. I’m disappointed, and they should be disappointed with themselves. But the overall flow of the game, and the overall ability to possess the ball I thought was good. But now, in the key moments in the vital portions of the field, where we need just that little more hunger, that little more aggressiveness, that little more hell bent fire-attitude, that’s what we got to get now. So if we can do that we can finish off those opportunities. And you do a lot of work and you walk away from it before you complete the work, that’s not a good thing.”

(On players laying off the referees in game vs. Chivas USA) “Yeah pretty much. There was a foul towards the end of the game I think against (Freddie) Ljungberg. And he and I talked after the game, where he got into the referee a little bit. And he apologized afterward. It’s again we need to concentrate, we need to focus on our game. I don’t want to talk about referees anymore. I don’t want to talk about them all this season. They’re out there and they’re doing their job. We need to do our job.”

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