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April 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes (team release)

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach
(On Kansas City Wizards . . .) “They are dangerous because they are very confident. They are a team that has gotten good results. Had a huge result in week one when they won 4-0 going away. They got a solid win in their second game in week three of the season for them. So that was something that they didn’t do last year at home. They were sort of a hot and cold team at home and they are obviously confident right now. They wanted to establish home base for them as being a stronghold. They are a team that wants to take that same success at home and move it onto the road. A confident team is always dangerous.”
(On Wizards midfielder Ryan Smith . . .) “He has obviously been a good addition; probably comparable or similar to Zakuani in that he is a very dangerous left-sided player who sometimes doesn’t look like he is moving that fast but he is very fluid and he is very quick. He is a very good crosser of the ball, finds people. He is obviously somebody that we have got to be concerned about. That’s been a big addition for them. But Stephane Auvray has played very well for them as their deep midfielder. It’s freed up [Davy] Arnaud to be able to be that second attacker. [Kei] Kamara coming back for them gives them that big attacker and Josh Wolff is an experienced striker. So they have got good weapons up front.”

(On Kansas City’s formation . . .) “I don’t know if it’s a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1 or a 4-4-2 at times. The thing is it’s not so important the formation what’s important is that they cover for each other fairly well, they interchange also and they work very hard and they have really increased their speed on the field. They have got more speed on the field in the attacking parts of the field than they had last year.”
(On Peter Vagenas and Nathan Sturgis . . .) “Both Pete and Nate Sturgis have trained very well, kept the pressure on the other two midfielders. They all bring something that is a little bit different. Sturgis is probably the midfielder who best sees that ball that can open up the game and he can also strike that ball that can open up the game. And then Vagenas is just a veteran player. Sometimes what fans don’t see with Vagenas is that he makes the guy next to him a little better because his communication and his talking on the field is probably the best of all the midfielders. Alonso is very quiet. Evans last game wasn’t his best game so when you’re not playing your best sometimes you become quiet as a result. But Pete’s a player what he brings not only is what he brings but how is talking, communication, his organization, his awareness helps the other guys on the field with him. Everybody brings something a little bit different.”
(On earning points every game . . .) “It’s still the same. I think when you’re looking at the playoff cut-off last year I think was 40 points. I still think if you average a point and a half a game you are doing pretty well. If you’re averaging two points a game you are on a good run. You want to make sure your bad runs are a point a game. For us right now we have got four points in three games. That’s not a great run. Obviously if you get a win this weekend, which we want, now you’ve got seven points in four games and you’re just under two and then it all of a sudden becomes a good run. Always that point and a half a game I think is important and the other thing that we always try to focus on is winning season series.”


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