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April 14, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes (team release)

(On allowing first stoppage time goal in team history . . .) “Well we have a young history. We are going to do a lot of firsts, getting nine corners in a half was a record and 12 corners in a game. Obviously things like that over time is going to happen. You are going to take a stoppage time goal. We are going to take a goal off a corner kick. We have taken two now so we have got to sort those things away. Obviously you never like to do that. We want to score more stoppage time goals than we take but it’s one of those things that has happened now and we move on and we look forward to this weekend with Kansas City.”

(On not allowing stoppage time goal in first season . . .) “I think our fighting spirit in every game was very, very good. We came out with a great warrior mentality and we entered each game with that warrior mentality. Now when you had a little bit of success last year, I think we surprised some people maybe we even surprised ourselves, and sometimes like I say you drive with the emergency brake on a little bit. You are still pushing the pedal down but you just have that little bit of emergency brake because maybe you think, ‘Hey, maybe we did OK last year. Maybe I don’t need to make that last run or that last little bit.’ But that’s what we have got to find our way back to is just having that complete warrior mentality. Mistakes are going to happen. It’s part of the game. Everybody gives the ball away. Brazil gives the ball away. They don’t hold onto it forever and it’s how you react to those mistakes. That’s what determines a good team – how you react to turnovers offensively and defensively. The teams that react in the most efficient manner are the teams that are most successful. [. . .] For us, it’s a matter of improving our transitional play, doing a better job right now of keeping the ball and still having that warrior’s mentality every time we step on the field.”
(On Kansas City Wizards . . .) “Kansas City has gotten off to a good start. They have played two games at home and they have won and trying to turn their home field into a little bit of a fortress. They have made a lot of changes – added a lot of players. [Ryan] Smith has done very well for them on the left flank. He is creative. He is skillful. He’s a good server of the ball. They have changed their formation a bit. Stephane Auvray I think has helped them in midfield. He’s been a real good clue for them in the middle of midfield. It’s freed up [Jack] Jewsbury to play maybe a little more of an offensive role. They have taken a left winger in [Roger] Espinoza, turned him into a left back and they have been pretty happy with that experiment. So they are a good solid team. They are an improved team over last year. We have to be at the top of our game to take it to them.”
(On relevance of Kansas City’s midweek U.S. Open Cup game . . .) “They played a lot of guys who didn’t play on the weekend. A couple of guys, Jimmy Conrad, I think Josh Wolff, ended up playing significant minutes. [Michael] Harrington and [Kei] Kamara might have played a half each. But outside of that they played all kinds of different players. I think they certainly wanted to win. You always want to go into every game and win but they definitely had their eye on the game here in terms of how they set that lineup.”
(On Nathan Sturgis . . .) “Sturgis has been training really well. He’s been a guy, actually him and [Peter] Vagenas as well, have been very good, very sharp in training and it’s a question of where exactly do you get him in and how do put him into the game. We felt he was a guy who could help settle the game for us a little bit. He helped us keep possession as he came in to the game and I think he sort of helped us do that. When we got the lead we made a different substitution than we would’ve made. We had one thing in mind but once we took the 2-1 lead we decided to change it a little bit but obviously it wasn’t quite enough to help us hold on. But he’s been very good in training.”


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