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March 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid quotes (team release)

(On how ready team is for season . . .)
“You always want a little more time but we’re ready. I woke up this morning at six because I had Philadelphia Union on my mind. You get into those gears and the butterflies and you start thinking about what’s coming. More so than anything for me, it’s all about wanting to hear that roar at Qwest Field again. It was unbelievable last year. It was very emotional last year. To be honest, I don’t expect it to be any less emotional this year.”
(On expectations for season two . . .)
“Expectations always grow. You want to continue to build on the nucleus of players that you have put together. Hope that the nucleus individually improves and collectively the understanding of each other gets better and better. That’s something that we want to continue to do. We are always looking at any other options for us and anything else we can do to improve our team so we are always prepared to do that. It’s more about individuals improving and as individuals improve then we improve as a team.”

(On the first game for Philadelphia Union . . .)
“There is a plus and a minus to it. The plus side of it as the new guys is that nobody knows what you are all about so you can surprise a few people. We are going into the first game guessing what kind of formation they are going to play. Who are they going to play? Where? What is this kid [Roger] Torres like? How does he play? There are some guys we haven’t seen. So there’s that plus side of it as a new guy. The other side of it is that teams feel that they have some experience and have some continuity and that they will be able to surprise you and take advantage of you and jump on you early. [. . .] We got off to a good start last year and that really helped us. I’m sure that is what Philly is trying to do. I know Peter Nowak is a very good coach and he’s going to try to keep them close in every game at the beginning of the season to see if they can snag some points and gain their confidence, then it will be a much easier season.”
(On comparing last season’s Opening Night to this season . . .)
“You have a little bit better idea of what to expect when you walk into Qwest Field. But like I said, it’s not going to any less entertaining or any less of an awe factor when you walk onto the field. Last year it was, ‘Ok, let’s get going. Let’s see what we’re like. Let’s test ourselves.’ This year, it is a little more of, ‘Ok, let’s make sure we perform the way we want to perform.”
(On Philadelphia Union game plan . . .)
“I think they are going to look to counter attack. I think they are going to be somewhat conservative in their play. So it depends what you call packing it in. I think they are going to attack from a defensive posture. But I know Peter Nowak, too. He likes to attack and so he is going to try to get them forward on the counter and do some things well.”


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