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January 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Quotes from Sigi Schmid from 1/26

On practice:
“Yesterday we played a little bigger, today we wanted to play a little smaller, tomorrow we want to play a little bigger again. On Thursday we’ll be a little smaller and Friday we’ll play a little bit 11 v. 11. It’s good. Last year we were running through so many players early, I think this one is a lot more competitive already, the caliber and the level of play. I think you guys can tell from watching, it’s already pretty sharp and intense.”
On Tyrone Marshall going to Reggae Boyz:
“It’s a good sign for us. It means we have quality players. I know Tyrone is getting at an age where his national team career is probably slowly coming to a close.”
On fitness level of players:
“There’s certain guys that still have little knocks that they’re getting over, like Zakuani and Vagenas, that we’re working. And obviously there’s some guys that we think need to improve their fitness. We’ll know tomorrow once we do our first fitness test, but overall we’re pleased with the level of fitness for all the guys.”
On the practice plan for next week:
“We’re planning on practicing Monday and Tuesday and then we’re going to Arizona on the 3rd.”
On any concerns about Ljungberg’s fitness once he gets back:
“He’s usually pretty conscientious about that. This last year when he had the hip surgery he was very good about, you know, he’s got people that he works with in Sweden and has a physio that he’s worked with for a number of years there. And he was really good about the fitness level that he came in at. So I think he’s going to be comparable to where our guys are at right now. Obviously he’ll have missed a week but this is a relatively easy week now where we’re pushing fitness, so he should be close to the level of the other guys.”

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