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October 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Sigi Schmid: “We weren’t popping any champagne bottles”

Quotes from the Sounders FC coach from today:
On playing meaningful matches late in season:
“I’d rather have the Supporter’s Shield secured at this point. That’s better. It’s like people who say the worst lead is a 2-0 lead. I’d rather be up 2-0 than down 2-0. With Columbus, we secured [a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs] a couple of games before the end of the season. Two games before the end of that season we rested some guys and the last game of the year we wanted the guys who were going to play in the playoffs to be out on the field and to be in rhythm. It’s the same thing here. We want our guys who we think are going to be there in the playoffs to be out there and to be in rhythm.”
On caution accumulation rule:
“Yellow cards at this stage do not carry over. If somebody picks up their fifth yellow in this last game, he will be fined but it doesn’t carry over into a suspension for a playoff game. Red cards do [carry over into playoffs]. So we want to make sure nobody gets a red card in the last game.”
On scoring goals in playoffs:
“If the first game is here at home and you get on top, you want to manage the game and you want to do well. If you can walk off at the end with a two goal difference, then you do that. If it can be a three goal difference, you do that. You basically take what the game gives you. I think we have shown that we are a good team on the road and we know we are a good team at home as well. So we are confident over two games that we will be able to give a battle to whoever we play.”
On decision to substitute Roger Levesque in Saturday’s match:
“You got to go with your gut. My mother always told me that your first reaction is usually your true reaction and everything else is a rationalization. Sometimes you just have a feeling. Fredy [Montero] missed his first chance and we stayed with him. He missed his second chance and his head sunk a little bit. He [Montero] is a young player. He is a great player. He’s a guy who is still going to score a lot of goals for us. As I said after the game maybe it was just not his day. My instinct told me that that was the move to make on that particular day and it worked. Sometimes you make that move and it doesn’t work.”
On tying Bob Bradley’s MLS record of 124 wins:
“I haven’t really thought about that. You just go from game to game to game. When I was in Columbus and got my hundredth win, I didn’t even know it was my hundredth win until they told me before the game. All I want to do is continue to do well game after game. If you do well enough, then things might just happen.”

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