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March 7, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Sunday training — Sigi Schmid quotes

(On preseason game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
“I had the privilege to watch a little of video tape as well. The good news is obviously for that group defensively I think it is the third shutout in a row. That is a positive sign. I thought that there were times when we turned the ball over in bad spaces and at bad times and we still recovered and played all right defensively. Some of those offsides calls are even harder to understand after you watch the video tape of the plays. So I thought we were on the edge of breaking through a couple times in the first half and if you get a goal there, that changes it. But still, overall our movement of the ball, our spacing was not as good as I want it to be. That part of it will come. We trained a little bit harder on Friday than we normally would have done a day before a game because we are still trying to make sure we are there fitness-wise. So I’m not very concerned with that. I didn’t think we were as sharp or as quick as we wanted to be mentally. And it’s still a matter of finding the right combination. We will probably play a couple of different combinations against Portland [Timbers] on Thursday and then make those decisions as we roll into the game against Colorado [Rapids].”

(on approaching roster decisions without a compliance day)
“Sometimes it’s good just to make decisions and move forward. Our decisions are pretty resolved I think at this point. Obviously it hasn’t been announced yet at this stage but that’s what we are trying to do, make sure we are ready for when roster compliance does come and try to make sure we are keeping the right mix of players. Obviously a guy like Michael Seamon with his school we still haven’t had a long enough look at him but there’s bits and pieces that I like about him for sure. [David] Estrada I think started off very well, went through a little bit of a lull, but now I think he came in and had a real good impact on that game last night. So he is coming along also. All of that has been positive because we have had a chance to look at those guys over a period of time.”
(On Sounders FC midfielder Sanna Nyassi)
“Sanna [Nyassi] individually brings a lot to the table. Obviously everybody knows that he’s got a lot of speed and I think his 1 on 1 defending is good and his tenacity is good. Sometimes his cohesion with the rest of the group is not as good as I think it needs to be. That is something that still needs to get better. I thought last night, for example, not just in regards to Sanna, but I thought we got stuck with our wide players playing too high, too wide, too much. So as a result, it really turned it into a 2 v 2 midfield and I don’t know if we necessarily won that battle. Sometimes you need wide guys who are going to come off the line a little bit and interact with what’s going on in the middle of the park and place change with people as well. So those tactical decisions and understanding is something that we need to get better at as a team. But Sanna individually brings that ability to get behind defenses. He’s got that ability to take people on. His speed poses threats and problems and his individual tenacity and his athleticism is a big plus.”
(on impact of Blaise Nkufo signing affecting Nate Jaqua)
“At the time that he comes we have got a ton of games. Obviously we want to qualify into the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. If you look at our schedule and you look at Champions League scheduling and you get into July and August, there are a lot of games. So there’s going to be enough playing time for everybody. Who gets impacted at the end of the day? I really can’t tell you. We play Nate [Jaqua] a little bit out wide. Nate [Jaqua] plays up top. I think Blaise [Nkufo] is pretty much an up top guy. He’s not going to play out wide for us. But [Fredy] Montero can slide wide. Jaqua can slide wide. There are a number of different ways we can play it.”


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