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April 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Sounders FC quotes after Tuesday’s training (team release)

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach
(On challenges of playing two road games in four days . . .) “It’s always tough playing on Thursday and coming back and playing on a Sunday, especially when it is a Sunday afternoon and especially when you are travelling between the two games. You’re travelling to game one and you’re travelling to game two and so doing two on the road like that is tough. Toronto went through it last weekend but they had the first one at home so that makes it a little bit easier. We will get through with it. It is the way the schedule was dealt to us and we will face it. It means we might have to mix and match the lineup a little bit and make sure guys are fresh for the games that we need to play and just play good soccer.”
(On FC Dallas . . .) “Dallas is an interesting team because they have a lot of pace. [Jeff] Cunningham is obviously a guy who scored a lot of goals last year in the second half of the season. He is a very streaky forward so you hope he doesn’t start a streak against us. But they have got good attacking parts. [David] Ferreira is a dangerous guy as well. Dax McCarty is a good player who also tends to get forward as evidence by the header that he scored against New York. Daniel Hernandez is a good solid rock of a defensive midfielder who is like that fulcrum that you can pivot around. So from that standpoint they are a good team in terms of their balance and how they relate to each other.”

(On health of Sounders FC players . . .) “Marshall today we had an alternate training day and same thing for Freddie and same thing for Kennedy. It’s just some things that we see on the different things from the heart monitors they wear at training to the Omega Wave. So we can see who is a little more depleted than somebody else and that’s what allows us to do a regeneration that is appropriate to them rather than just a group thing that fits everybody.”
Freddie Ljungberg – Midfielder/Forward
(On how to approach a two-game road trip . . .) “I think maybe we will rotate a little bit in the squad to keep people fresh after the long flights and the games are quite tight. [. . .] It’s just sleep, eat and all that boring stuff and hope we can get some results.”
(On difficulty scoring at home versus on the road . . .) “There are lots of reasons. I think we had some chances that maybe we should have scored on in the beginning and the end as well. I think we need to get the passing tempo up a little bit. I think that will create more chances and that’s from all over the pitch. When they come up here, our opponents are quite organized and they know we like to go forward and they sit in. To get the chances and openings we would like to have a crisp, quick passing game and sometimes we maybe take too long to hit the ball sharp enough or hard enough. It’s small things like that but hopefully we will get better.”
(On more players seeing game action . . .) “It’s great for people to get some playing time but at the end of the day we need to get the points. So we will see afterwards if it is a good thing or not. It’s great for the guys to get playing time. Mike Fucito, I talked to him before, I love his work ethic, the way he thinks and stuff. I am very, very pleased that he scored and hopefully he will get more chances.”
Kasey Keller – Goalkeeper
(On what to expect on two-game road trip . . .) “I don’t expect anything. You never want to be the team to jumpstart somebody’s season so we want to obviously play off of the momentum from getting the late goal last game. Going two games on the road, we don’t want to come home without any points or with only a couple points. We feel very confident with our ability on the road, stemming from last season and then obviously picking up a point at Salt Lake. So we feel very confident we can go. We have got a good squad so if we need to maybe change some players around to make sure we have a full rested team we know we are capable of doing that as well. No reason why we can’t go into Dallas and Toronto full of confidence and go in there and pick up some points.”
(On challenges of playing two road games in four days . . .) “I think what’s a little bit different is, because of the distances travelled, it doesn’t make sense to come home. A lot of times you would have a midweek game and then you have a two or three hour drive home and then you takeoff later. I have done it a couple of times in England where we did stay over when we had games in close proximity but it is rare and obviously where you would not have to jump on a plane and fly four hours to your next destination. In saying that, in some ways it gets an extra trip out of the equation so we go. We know we have got four days on the road. We just need to concentrate and do our job. It’s a rare occasion and we just need to make sure we are ready for it. Like I said, we have a good squad. We’ve got guys who are ready to step in if some guys are a little banged up or a little fatigued. [. . .] I feel very good in our prospects in these two games.”


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