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September 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Sigi Schmid from today: On New England, Nate and Seba

On New England Revolution:
“They have been able to stay very consistent in that back four of [Steve] Ralston and [Jay] Heaps on the outside and [Darrius] Barnes and [Emmanuel] Osei in the middle. They have probably played the last seven games together in that formation. So they have really solidified that part of the team along with [Matt] Reis in goal. Shalrie Joseph is there. [Jeff] Larentowicz is there. [Steve] Ralston is back out there. With the exception of [Taylor] Twellman, they have everybody they didn’t have in the beginning of the year. When they played us earlier, they came out and they came away with a win. But they were just forming that back unit at that point. So it’s going to be difficult for us at their place because it is always difficult away from home. But we also feel confident that we can play well.”
On New England’s field and atmosphere:
“Turf is similar to ours. We should be used to that. There shouldn’t be a big adjustment for us there as it was for them, not a big adjustment when they played at our place. They have got their loyal supporters that are good about making some noise and making it hard for you, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before playing away from home.”
On Sounders FC forward Nate Jaqua:
“Obviously, some of the things that Nate [Jaqua] gives you, the most obvious thing, is he’s got size. So he gives us another threat on set pieces. He is somebody who gives us a threat in the box on crosses. He gives us a target we can dump the ball to if we get stuck with the ball. So he offers those things. He battles and causes some havoc through his ability to hold onto the ball for us.”
On Sounders FC midfielder Sebastien Le Toux:
“It’s a little bit different because when Seba plays on the wing, he brings a little more energy, a little more running off the ball. He is a guy who wants balls played in his space to him. He harasses the other team’s back line a little bit more, sometimes hurries them into passes they don’t necessarily want to make. Each of them supplies something different. We’re still looking for that guy who can do all of those things. That’s a constant. I joke about that but that’s a constant in soccer. One player gives you a little of this, one player gives you a little bit of that and you try and put combinations together.”

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