Today was the final day of practice before the team heads back east to Washington D.C. Sounders FC will leave bright and early tomorrow, get in a gym workout later in the day and I would presume some kind of practice Friday.
Saw Fredy Montero’s upper thigh where Josh Wicks stepped on him. Nahs-ty. But he said he feels fine.
Quotes from coach Sigi Schmid:
On the D.C. United formation and whether he will attack it the same way as in U.S. Open Cup final:
“It depends what D.C. comes with. D.C. has got a game tonight. Last game they went back into a 4-4-2. We will see what they come out with tonight against Kansas City. But my assumption is that they might flop back into 4 in the back, especially with [Dejan] Jakovic injured and [Marc] Burch now being injured as well. The assumption is that they will come with a 4-4-2 because the 3-5-2 obviously didn’t get them the result they were looking for. And they’ve got Julius James for this game, who wasn’t able to play against us in the Cup so that’s another reason they might go with that.”
On 10-day break for Sounders FC:
“Sometimes people want to say the team that has had the time off is going to be fresher. But sometimes, like I have always said, when you’re in the rhythm of playing you’re in the rhythm of playing. You get sort of used to that. For us, I feel good about where we are at in terms of fitness, in terms of our rest. For us, I think we have had a good week of training so far. We have had three good training sessions. It’s just a matter of making sure we carry that into the game. As long as nothing silly happens in the first 15-20 minutes, it gives us a chance to get our feet back wet again and get comfortable in the game. I think we will be all right.”
On mood of Sounders FC:
“The mood is good. Obviously winning makes everybody feel better. There is no secret to that. Having success, having won a competition, being able to go through a competition like the Open Cup, it means you have won six games and each of those games were must-win games because if you lose you’re out. We did them in different ways, came back in overtime to beat Houston, won solidly against Real Salt Lake, had to go into a tough place to play in Portland on a surface that is difficult to play on and came out with a win. That helps your confidence. The guys feel good about it. Everybody knows that we can now focus on the next part of it. Certainly winning makes everybody a little happy, takes the edge off.”