Sounders FC should have a full team this week, with the exception of MID Stephen King who is still bothered by a hamstring strain.
Here’s some quotes from coach Sigi Schmid:
On Sounders FC midfielder Stephen King: “He is out for this week. Then we have to see early next week where he is at. It might be two weeks.”
On starting line-up for match against Toronto FC
“We have talked a lot about a lot of different options. The objective is to always try to get your best players on the field and get them to harmonize and be able to play beautiful music together. So that’s our goal. That’s what our objective is and we will continue to work towards that. The goals have not always reflected, but I think we play as attractive of soccer as anyone in the league. We are just trying to go forward and continue to have things happen.”
On today’s training at Qwest Field:
“It was good. Having some people watching training always gets the guys a little more motivated. We wish we could’ve made it a little bit shorter but we had a certain workload we had in mind. We wanted to get the reserve guys who have not been playing in a lot of games at least 45 minutes of something that seemed a lot more game-like than they have faced and play somebody different. It was great having all of the campers out here. I think the success of the Sounders camps this year and the kids are just another aspect of what the Sounders are trying to do in this community.”
On Sounders FC campers:
“It means an awful lot. It means that we are creating a lot of Sounders fans for the future. The players took their time signing autographs and giving out their autograph cards and stuff. It’s a connection that you will always remember. Sometimes you don’t know what that moment is. But, for a lot of kids, maybe that moment was today or at camp when they met a player. It’s a moment that just gets them and they fall in love with soccer. That doesn’t mean they are going to become a pro player but might mean they become a soccer fan or they work in the sport in some capacity. It definitely gives them the passion for the sport. The more people we can give that passion to the better it is.”
On reserve games this late in the year:
“We were looking for a window where we actually had a full week and we weren’t coming off a midweek game…I know there’s a little push within the league to maybe bring the reserve league back next year, so we’ll see what happens.”
Schmid threw out the first pitch at yesterday’s Mariners game. He said he wanted to make sure that he wouldn’t bounce it up to home plate, so he played catch with one of the Oakland A’s staffers whom he knows before taking the mound at Safeco.
“I tried to throw a curve ball but it didn’t break,” Schmid said.