I shook a few hands, talked to a few guys, got a thank you for my work from Fredy Montero and James Riley and learned that Lamar Neagle is going to Las Vegas for some sun and schoolwork in the offseason this morning, the media’s opportunity to talk to coach Sigi Schmid and players before everyone kind of goes their separate ways for the offseason. Of course at least some of the guys will be around for the MLS Cup.
And as I left Starfire, I thought of this song. From 1982 or 83. A fitting and upbeat way to say farewell to the 2009 campaign.
Schmid said he told the team that “There’s always changes. This group won’t be the same next year. Probably most of the guys will be back but there will be some guys who won’t be back.”
Schmid wants his players to get stronger in the offseason, noting three physical teams in MLS, Houston, Chivas USA and New England. “When you look at our record against those three physical teams, we were I think 1-5-3.”
Also Schmid would like to see his team become better at breaking down opponents when they are sitting back on defense, which was the case at home often times this season and led to some draws that might have been wins.
More to come….congrats to MLS Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez from the L.A. Galaxy, well-deserved. Gonzalez started and played all 30 of the Galaxy’s regular season games and helped the club improve its defense from statistically the worst in 2008 to one of the best during the 2009 season.