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March 9, 2010 at 2:34 PM

A sample of quotes from Tuesday’s training at Qwest Field — via team release

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach
(On being back at Qwest Field)
“It’s great. Obviously the last time we were here we didn’t get the result that we wanted to in our last game against Houston [Dynamo]. So it’s got that memory. But it’s also got the memory of the opening game and a lot of the good accomplishments we had all season. But more so than anything every time you walk in here, even though the seats are blue, I see green everywhere. It just reminds me that we are about to embark on the season. I think it’s a good reminder for the players that the season is around the corner.”
(On health of Sounders FC players)
“It’s good obviously to get those guys back in. We have been a little cautious with [Brad] Evans because of the type of injury it was. He probably didn’t need to get held out as long as we did but he’s back. [Patrick] Ianni looks like he is full-throttle. And Roger [Levesque] getting back in there is a big plus for us. It gives us more options and also when you get more options you get more competition and then everybody’s game picks up a little bit.”


(On where team is right now)
“I think fitness-wise we are pretty much where we want to be at this stage. In terms of our attacking rhythm and play with the ball I want that to get better. But I think we are also making strides in that direction and I expect it to be better when we play on Thursday and then better again when we play in Colorado. I think we are getting our understanding down and our sense of how to play with each other.”
(On Sounders FC offense)
“Obviously we are a team that is built around quickness and speed, especially on the offensive part of field. With Nate [Jaqua] we have sort of a bigger target guy when he is out there and somebody who can hold things off. But really the essence of our game with [Freddie] Ljungberg, [Fredy] Montero, and [Steve] Zakuani and people like that is their ability to get isolated and use their quickness and use their individual skills and abilities and create space and make plays that way. When things are going well for us it means the ball is moving quickly and it means we are getting the ball early to our front runners and giving them some time and space to take people on.”
Freddie Ljungberg – Midfielder/Forward
(On preseason match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
“I think we can improve on a lot of things. We had a good combination I think up in Vancouver on the offside. We came behind them very well but unfortunately, we shouldn’t blame the referee’s, but we maybe had three or four things where we could have been 1-on-1 with the keeper and they blew the whistle. Apart from that, I think we can do some more combinations and get better at that.”
(On rivalry with Portland Timbers)
“I was there [last year]. The fans made a great impact on the game and it was amazing to see. So hopefully we can have the same when we play them. I have only been here a year so I don’t know exactly how the rivalry started. But I think it is good to have rivalries.”
(On Sounders FC offense)
“I think we still have a lot of things we can work on in the offensive game. But, like you say, maybe in Vancouver we had a good understanding sometimes because I drop off a little bit, I get it out there, and I can play for the guys when they are coming on the runs and beating the side traps I think that work quite well. But what we need more and what I said all preseason is I think we don’t have the blind passes. We don’t trust each other enough and that’s something we need to work on. Today Sigi [Schmid] tried to work a little bit on the triangle in the middle to get one guy open and then we can use the speed we have on our team.”
(On improvement of offense from last season)
“I hope so. At the same time, the other teams know exactly how we play. But back home the blind passes and stuff, that’s the important thing. That’s how you play. If, for example, me and [Steve] Zakuani know each other and he would run ten yards before the other guy and he would have a big advantage. He will have a lot of yards on the other guy. Instead, if you are just waiting for the pass then the other guy sees it coming and you are in a worse situation.”
(On Collective Bargaining Agreement not yet being reached)
“I was told when I got back that it would be a deal reached straight away and it still hasn’t been reached. I really hope there will be a game. It would be bad for the fans, the players, the whole country. So I definitely hope there will an agreement reached.”
(On expectations for game against Portland Timbers)
“Improved play over what we played against Vancouver [Whitecaps FC]. We had some chances in the first half that either offside negated them or we negated them. Our touch seemed a little off. We seemed a little rusty maybe from traveling back from Spain and not having had a lot of practice time. [. . .] We want to continue to be solid defensively and have better ball movement offensively.”
Kasey Keller – Goalkeeper
(On being back at Qwest Field)
“It always feels nice. It just lets you know you are getting close to something happening. We love our training ground. We love what we are doing over there but it’s always nice to get back into the stadium knowing that something’s right around the corner. With the game against Portland [Timbers] and knowing that the beginning of the season is getting close. Se we are excited.”
(On rivalry with Portland Timbers)
“It’s obviously something that’s going to get bigger and bigger as Portland [Timbers] joins MLS next season. There will be I think an interesting atmosphere for this game. Not obviously what it would be if it was a [U.S. Open] Cup game or a game that mattered. To say that this is going to be a friendly is probably not the right word choice. [. . .] It’s [the rivalry] is probably more within the fans. The Vancouver rivalry I think is a little bit friendlier. The Portland one is a little bit nastier.”
(On preseason)
“So far I feel good. We haven’t had really any significant injuries. We have had some guys who are a little bit banged up this preseason. But that’s to be expected. At the same time, we haven’t had some of those big signings as well to kind of bring some fresh faces in here and really put that competition on.”

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