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July 18, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Sounders FC postgame quotes

Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid
General Comments: “I think it was just tremendous from the stand point of our fan support the day of the game. It definitely was a Seattle Sounders home game. Fans were there to see Chelsea as well, but people were there to support our team and that’s tremendous because you don’t get that all the time here in the States when a team comes to visit. The hoopla, the atmosphere, the crowd support, that was brilliant. Obviously the result is something that we would have liked to turned out a little better, but I was proud of the way we played and proud of the support we got.”
(On giving everyone a chance to play) “I wanted to get guys in to play in this game for sure because it’s a unique opportunity for a lot of our players. Also we have a very important match on Tuesday because we play in Open Cup semifinal, so it was good to get some guys out to rest.”
On rhythm of game: “I was proud of what our guys did. I was proud that we played soccer and we came to play. We didn’t sit back. The big difference is the change of rhythm and pace in the European game because it slows down, it speeds up, all of a sudden there’s explosion and things happen. The pace and rhythm of MLS is sometimes higher, but the pace doesn’t change much. That’s something that our players still need to learn. I think some guys today getting exposed to that, it’s a lot easier than me telling them about it, going through the exercise makes it easier to learn.”
(On defensive breakdown) “It happened a bit more in the first half than the second and it’s something we addressed at halftime. I felt our center backs got split a bit and it opened up a lane down the middle of the field. We needed to play in closer connection to each other and our outside backs needed to come in a little bit as well. What happened is one center back would step up, the other would stay and they would make runs from a little deeper. That was something that they exposed us on in the first half, but I thought we did better in the second half after we talked about it.”
(On reserves taking advantage of playing opportunity) “Every time you get a guy on the field it’s an opportunity to show what he can do and it’s an opportunity he can take advantage of. Lamar Neagle as an example. It was his first time ever out there on the field and he’s coming out with 65,000 fans where the most he played in front of at UNLV was 65. It’s a big difference. It’s a good experience for them.”
Note: Neagle said later that he played in front of a few hundred at UNLV.
(On Fredy Montero rumors) “You read things in the paper and you’re not quite sure how they get there. Fredy Montero is with us right now. There have been no official inquiries that we are aware at this stage. He’s a very important player to our team. He’s the second leading scorer in our league and he has a bright future. I’m sure one day that opportunity, whether it’s a day soon or later, will present itself, but right now he has a very important game to prepare for.”
(On players moving up) “From my perspective as a coach, you don’t want to lose players for sure, but the way I was taught early on was the measure of a coach was how many players can you produce for the next level, not how many titles can you win. Any time a player gets an opportunity to play at a higher level, myself and this club is never going to stand in the way. We’re going to help advise and make sure it’s the right opportunity. It also says worlds about what we’re doing if guys are getting the chance to move to the next level. Then we have to find the next guy and help him get to that level. Right now we’re focused on our team and we want to be successful.”

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