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April 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes (team release)

Late start for me today figuring our travel plans for the Salt Lake trip next weekend. Here are some Sigi Schmid quotes from after training today.
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(On New York…) “I know they’re 1-0. I know they beat Chicago. They’re a team that defensively there’s a lot more structure and cohesion in their game. Their roles have been defined pretty well for their players. I think that helped them in game one. They played a very organized, well managed game.”
(On addition of Lindpere…) “Lindpere has obviously been a good addition for them. He has a rocket of a shot, so we’ve got to be aware of that, not give him and open crack from thirty on in. He’s done it with his right foot. He’s done it with his left foot. He hits the ball well. Carl Robinson possibly being back in there, it’s an experienced midfield. So you’ve got two guys, European guys, that played a lot of years in Europe between the two of them. That gives them a good strength. The addition of Roy Miller at left back has solidified that position for them as well. Dane Richards seems to have a much better cohesion within the team. It’s a team that could be very dangerous.”

(On Freddie Ljungberg’s condition…) “He trained yesterday, felt fine coming through training and everything yesterday. Today we just decided to be a little bit cautious with him and so we’ll see about tomorrow.”
(On James Riley’s condition…) “Riley came through everything okay. He looks alright. Again we wanted him to go a little bit easier today, so he didn’t do any crossing or anything at the end of the training session. But he said he felt pretty good.”
(On Juan Pablo Angel and Fredy Montero going head-to-head…) “If we got Montero marking Angel a lot, or Angel marking Montero it’s not good for either team. It’s more a situation of both of them hale from the same country. There’s going to be a little bit of pride at stake. Obviously Angel is older and somebody that Fredy as a teenager would have watched playing, and seen play as well when he was younger. So doing well in front of guys you used to watch on tv is always something that you want to strive and achieve. So for Fredy last year going against Angel and going against New York and getting a couple of goals, I’m sure made him very happy and proud. I know [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] stepped up and volunteered and said he’d like to mark Angel on corners. There certainly is that pride that is at stake.”
(On double Designated Player rule change…) “L.A. has had a couple of DPs for a few years now, so it’s good that it’s official. They’ve had Landon [Donovan] and they’ve had [David] Beckham, so now it’s official. It allows other teams to do the same sort of thing. I think it’s good for the league. It shows that the league is continuing to grow. That we’re in a position now that the ownership group and the Board of Governors have felt that allowing two DPs and possibly a third if you want to buy that slot is something that they feel comfortable. Moving in that direction means that we’re continuing to grow, continuing to evolve as a league. What I think you’re going to see happening is a lot of teams going with maybe even DPs that are a little bit younger; not necessarily DPs that are at the back end of their career, but DPs that are more in their middle of their career, or maybe even at the beginning of their career.”
(On disparity between player salaries…) “I’ve had to deal with that. I remember coaching the World Cup team in ’94 and watching the goalkeeper on the team at the time pull in his Mercedes SLK convertible and watching another player on the team pull in his 10 year old Carmengia. It’s been a constant in U.S. soccer. There’s been a disparity. On that team you had guys that were making 30-40 thousand dollars, and you had guys that were making already well into the hundreds of thousands playing in England. It’s been there. The players it’s not something that they’re going to say it’s our best memory of being in this league. It’s something that they’re sort of used to, and they sort of adjust to. The harder part for a coach is when the DP salary was a higher percentage, what hit your budget, and a couple of DPs really offset what you could do with the rest of the players. Having two good players and having a couple of weak spots isn’t going to make you a good team. You want to have 11 good players out on the field. So by now taking the DP where you can buy down the DPs contract, where it’s less of a hit to the budget cap means that you can carry a DP and not have to deplete necessarily the rest of your roster. It’s rewarding you for taking the ownership for taking the step of going for the DP without depleting your roster.”


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