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October 20, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Some Sigi Schmid quotes, 10-20-09

On clinching spot in 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs:
“I think it’s a great accomplishment for an expansion team to do this. It hasn’t been done in a long while so I am very proud of what the team has done. I also think it is great for our support. Our fans and all the supporters here in the Seattle area have been fantastic and to be able to reward them in year one with a playoff appearance I think is tremendous.”
On difference between Sounders FC and previous MLS expansion teams:
“I think we checked all the boxes. As I said early in the season you have to make sure you get some quality players from the expansion draft which we did with guys like [Brad] Evans and [James] Riley and [Peter] Vagenas and so forth. I think you have to do well with your foreign signings which I think we have done with [Freddie] Ljungberg and [Fredy] Montero and [Jhon Kennedy] Hurtado. I think you also have to get somebody from the draft and we did that with [Steve] Zakuani, picking up a key player. Then we signed some good free agents. We were able to check off all the boxes. I think some of the other expansion teams haven’t necessarily done that. The other thing is the ownership has been good about being patient, not panicking at midseason and trying to make a bunch of midseason signings. We signed Leo [Gonzalez] which was one that we felt could help us at outside back. We also feel confident in the core we are starting to build.”
On Freddie Ljungberg:
“It’s like I have said all season, the more and more you play together and the more and more you play games as a unit with guys in certain positions it becomes better and better. It becomes more understandable for the guys to know where guys are going to show up and on what parts of the field. I think the guys have a better feeling of where Freddie [Ljungberg] is going to show up. Freddie has a better feel of when he is going to get the ball and when he should appear at certain spots on the field. That’s just something that comes with time… I wish we had another twenty games to build on it further. It is certainly encouraging. For the most part of this season we have done a good job at creating chances in most games. We just have to continue to do that and make sure we finish them.”

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