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April 27, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes (partial team release)

Some of these were typed up by the team, I transcribed some others for you…
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(On how team is doing after two-match road trip . . .) “It was a tough road trip from the standpoint of having to play two games that close together, both of them on the road. But it’s something we will hopefully face later in the year as well with the CONCACAF Champions League. Obviously we changed the lineup around a little bit but I thought in Dallas we had three points and a bad call at the end of the game cost us there and in Toronto I thought we played well and we made a couple of mistakes which are uncharacteristic of our defense but we made a couple mistakes. But in terms of the play and how we played it was probably one of the better games of the season, I felt. So the experimentation worked from a standpoint of getting some other people some games but obviously the results didn’t go our way.”
(On Alonso and Marshall bouncing back from errors…) They’ll bounce back from those. For me the bigger concern was, I think it took Alonso a few minutes to shake it off in the game. He’s made so many good plays for defensively, I’m not going to harp on him and climb on him for that mistake. He’s got to get refocused on the game as quickly as possible, that’s an important aspect of it. And the referee helped out too by blocking that one. Referees weren’t on our side this weekend (laughs).

(On what he learned from the team . . .) “I had no hesitation playing [Brad] Evans up front. I’ve seen Brad play up front in college and he even played up front for me a game or two for the under 20’s in practice games. So I knew he could handle that. He is one of those players that tactically he can play wherever you need him to play. I thought he actually did well up front and obviously you want him to finish that chance but the chance he had in the second half off [Steve] Zakuani’s ball was really a similar type of chance to the one he finished earlier in the season and the one he finished early in the season last year against New York. For [Nathan] Sturgis it was a good opportunity. We wanted to get him on the field. I thought he did well. He got beat up pretty good from some tackles and stuff but I thought he was important to our movement of the ball so that was good. Having [Peter] Vagenas, again like I said, gives us a little more possession at times. We have got to find the right balance between possession and going forward quickly. But it was good to see all those guys, [Patrick] Ianni, to see all those guys on the field playing, and [Sanna] Nyassi, and see how it all fits together and what should work for us from here on out.”
(On health of team . . .) “[Michael] Fucito we expected him to recover and he just had a weird type of injury. I guess it’s something that, in fact, our trainer has never seen before so it’s something that’s going to take another week. [. . .] I don’t think Sanna [Nyassi] was 100% because he had tweaked his knee a little bit the week before. I think he probably played at about 85-90%. [. . .] [Pat] Noonan we have got to see, anywhere between a week and two weeks. [Tyrone] Marshall is an old guy so we are just trying to take it easy on him a little bit. He and [Freddie] Ljungberg usually have a different type of regeneration than the other guys do, plus I asked Marshall to play two games so his training session was a little different. So our split up of the squad today was based more on guys who played 90 minutes in both games and guys who are a little bit older and guys who maybe played a lot on Sunday and are maybe a little older.”
(On getting Zakuani involved…) “He’s one of our most dangerous players, so we got to get him involved offensively and get him around the ball. It’s really a two-fold issue, we’ve got to do a better job of getting him the ball, but is he doing enough work off the ball to get the ball? So that’s something we’ve got to try to address. Get him to pop up in different arenas and in different areas of the field and get himself more involved. It’s something we’re talking about and something that I’m sure he’s thinking about. You want to get the ball to people who can make things happen offensively, and Zakuani with his speed and movement off the ball and he’s someone willing to stretch the defense. And what he’s really added to his game from last year, is last year he really just wanted the ball to his feet. This year he’ll get the ball into space, he’ll get the ball to his feet and that’s what a forward needs to have, is the ability to do both.”


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