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September 18, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Sounders FC practice, 9-18-09

Another nice day, but those can’t last much longer right? I hope they do.
Plenty of healthy bodies out there for the Rave Green. Only Taylor Graham wasn’t practicing. At one point I noticed Fredy Montero grab his back and hold it for a bit after moving in for a cross to hit, but he continued to practice.
Quotes from Sigi Schmid:
On Sounders FC roster:
“It’s nice to be healthy. Obviously it makes choices a little more difficult sometimes. But that’s a good position to be in.”
On U.S. Open Cup and MLS playoffs:
“You try not to think about them like they are interrelated because they are separate competitions. But I think for us being a new franchise and a new group it’s good to have won the Open Cup to get confidence, being able to win a knockout game. That’s what the playoffs are all about at the end of the day. As you get to the end of the season, some of the games become knockout games. So the more knockout games you win the more your confidence grows.”
On scoreboard watching: “Probably watch a little bit but right now, everything is within our control. We control our destiny. It’s not a situation where we need to do this and somebody else needs to do this. If we get the points that we still have available to us, there’s 15 points out there for us still to get, so there’s enough points out there that we can get under our own power. We just got to get as many points as we can and then we don’t have to worry about anybody else.”
On MLS decision to pause for World Cup next season:
“I wish they would’ve done it in Germany in 2006 because that would have made for a nice trip. It’s a lot easier to get to Germany than it is to get to South Africa. I think it’s a good decision because the fans, there is so much activity in the opening rounds of the World Cup, that fans’ attention are drawn to that. So it allows the fans to focus on that and then get back to MLS. The other thing it does too is I think it allows the MLS staffs, the from office staffs, to be able to go to a World Cup and get away a little bit. It’s like recharging the batteries. When you are able to get there, you get the excitement of the World Cup and it re-motivates you when you come back home.”
Schmid says he’ll try to go to South Africa next year. He also said he roots for the U.S. national team always, and Germany against everyone else except the U.S.
Tonight is my first soccer game, I’m going to bust out with the Puerto Rico Islander orange jersey (our team color is orange) but I need shinguards! Last-minute sucks!

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