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March 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Monday’s training (team release)

(On readiness for first game . . .)
“You always want more time. I think every coach at the end of the day always says, ‘If we only had one more practice, one more day.’ I think the guys are chomping at the bit. They are ready to play. I thought today we scored a couple of good goals at training as well. You see a sharpness that is there with the guys which is important. We have done a lot of work on getting the ball into the offensive third and being a little more dangerous in that final third of the field. Hopefully all of those things will come to bear on Thursday.”
(On nervousness approaching first match . . .)
“When I was younger, I would probably already have them [butterflies] now. But now you sort of wait a little bit. So probably on Thursday morning when I get up I’ll start thinking about it as you prepare. You start thinking about the game as you get in your car and drive to the game. I’m always there early. You see the stadium getting set up. The luncheon that we have on Tuesday will probably ramp it up. The actual butterflies, the fluttering around, that doesn’t actually start until Thursday.”


(On Philadelphia Union . . .)
“Peter [Nowak] is a good coach. His team is going to be well organized. They have kept their line up a secret all the way through preseason. I think they are a team that wants to get off to a good start, a confident start. I think they are going to come into the game with the desire to keep the game as close as possible for as long as possible. Does that mean it’s defensive? It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s defensive. It might be sitting back and counter-attacking for a little. But I don’t think they are going to play Hara-kiri soccer and throw everybody forward and take chances like that. Peter is a good coach and he wants his team to be in the game for as long as possible.”
(On continuing momentum from Sounders FC inaugural season . . .)
“Continue to play good soccer. Continue to entertain the fans. Obviously we won games [last season] but I also thought we played a good brand of soccer. I know our finishing sometimes needed to be better. But in terms of getting in front of goal, moving the ball up the field, putting ourselves into attacking positions, I thought we did a good job of that and that is something for our fans to be able to get behind and support. So we want to continue that. We want to continue to be a team that moves the ball quickly, that combines, that gets forward, and that creates chances and wins games. That’s the best way to keep fans happy and we want to keep fans happy.”
(On the resolution to MLS labor dispute . . .)
“Knowing that that is behind you, knowing that there’s a five year agreement and we can all move forward. Obviously these next three days are going to be full of a lot of decisions for a lot of teams and a lot of players because obviously the ground rules for guaranteed contracts, et cetera have changed and each team needs to look at their own individual situation and how that affects them. Knowing that it’s behind us, knowing that we have a full season of soccer ahead of us and many more years in a sport that will continue to grow is a great relief.”
(On roster compliance . . .)
“I was thinking about activating myself to play but I don’t think I’m fit enough yet. So we will have to wait on that one. I think we are fairly close. Obviously there are some discussions we need to have today with some people but we are pretty close. I think we might be a lot closer than some other people are.”
(On preparing to play an expansion team . . .)
“It’s difficult because you don’t know what they are going to bring. You don’t know what their strengths and weaknesses are yet as a team. You don’t know what part of their team has come together first. Is their strength right now defending? Is their strength right now attacking or keeping possession? So what you really have to garner it on is there are some individual players that we know like Seba [Sebastien Le Toux] and Alejandro Moreno and Danny Califf and Stefani Miglioranzi and players like that so you sort of know the qualities that those players bring to it. You sort of know the coach a little bit. You know he is organized and tactically a very good coach who is going to push his team hard and usually has his team pretty fit. So you prepare for those elements. It’s definitely a little harder preparing for an expansion team than it is preparing for a team that you have already seen play five or six weeks in a row.”

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