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November 2, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Schmid: Marshall “day-by-day”; Ianni opens week as CD starter

Tyrone Marshall said he had a “procedure” done on his right knee on Friday, and that he needs 48 to 72 hours of resting the knee before he can feel right, or not feel soreness in the knee.
Marshall sprained a ligament in the knee in practice last Wednesday and missed the first playoff game. His status is up in the air for Sunday.
“Today it felt good,” said Marshall, who rode on an exercise bike during practice. “Yesterday I could hardly walk.”
Here are Sigi Schmid’s quotes:
On Tyrone Marshall’s health:
“It’s an LCL (lateral collateral ligament) sprain so we will just see how it goes day by day. Today was the first day he’s done anything and it has loosened up on him and so we will see how he feels tomorrow. So it’s day by day.”
On not knowing starting lineup:
“Patrick [Ianni] stepped in and played well. We approach it as if Patrick is going to play again and if Tyrone [Marshall] is healthy to go then we will make that decision as we move towards the end of the week…We have to see how Tyrone goes and how he feels and everything else. I don’t want to make a speculation. I learned a long time ago that if you speculate at the beginning of the week then by the end of the week it ends up being something different.”
On other first round series in MLS Cup Playoffs:
“There were some interesting games. Obviously the Columbus [Crew]-Real Salt Lake with Real scoring the late goal and Columbus with their lineup changes were a little bit interesting. I thought New England [Revolution] just battled. Shalrie Joseph wanted that second goal a lot more and he ended up putting it away. The L.A. [Galaxy]-Chivas [USA] game was a little bit of space and error. There was a lot of space on that field and errors I think led to some goals. But exciting soccer in that regard because there were goals and there were mistakes and everybody gets excited. Coaches aren’t happy about that but players and fans are OK with it because they are scoring goals. It is what it is. It’s tight and you can see that.”
On what Sounders FC must do differently in second leg:
“Finish our chances. Defensively I think we have got to do a lot of the same things that we did against them here. We got to make sure we are still sharp on defending set pieces… We have to make sure we are aware of those guys and don’t let them beat us on the flanks. I thought overall we did a pretty good job with that and we just have to do better off the run of play. We have got to figure out a way to expose them a little more than we did. So that’s what we are working on this week.”
On Steve Zakuani:
“Steve is an important player for us. Early in the game there were two or three times where he got behind the defense. It’s something that I wish I knew what the magic formula was or the magic drill because I would be a millionaire right now. I’d be producing players right and left. But there is no magic formula or magic drill. It just comes with experience and so forth. All of a sudden Steve [Zakuani] is going to make that run in behind the defense and the options will be clearer, sharper, the game’s going to slow down just that little bit for him. He’s going to end up making that choice that results in a goal either for himself or for a teammate. Once that hits then he takes his game to the next level.”
On Sounders FC midfield:
“I think we are OK. They are a team that is fairly aggressive and they try to disrupt play by getting tight to people. So they’re tight, they close things down quickly. So there’s times when we have to move the ball a little bit quicker than we moved it. It’s really an issue for both teams because I thought we did a good job of closing them down as well. I think each team probably wants to move the ball quicker this week.”
On goalkeepers Kasey Keller and Pat Onstad:
“Experience for keepers is very important… Goalkeepers have the privilege of when experience takes over, which is when your mind does what your body used to do, they can play to a more advanced age as long as their reflexes stay reasonably sharp. Both those guys take care of themselves. They have good training regimens. They live good lives off the field. They take care [of themselves] and they have experience so now the ball seems to hit them a lot more because their positioning is good, their angles are good. That allows goalkeepers to play into that advanced age.”

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