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April 28, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid’s post-training media chat

(On two international friendlies . . .) “It’s always good. Playing Celtic is not Grant Clarke, our team administrator’s, favorite idea since he is a big Rangers fan so he would like us to wear blue in that game but unfortunately I don’t think we will. Playing Boca is obviously a big club and having coached [Guillermo Barros] Schelotto, who’s a Boca legend, I have always thought that I had a liking for Boca and sort of followed them. They have always been the team in South America that I sort of followed just because of their history and their tradition. When you have a great player like [Juan Roman] Riquelme, he’s obviously somebody who would be great for the fans to see and enjoy and watch his particular brand of soccer.”
(On where the games fall into the schedule…) “The Boca game comes midweek. It give us the opportunity, again we don’t have to put together a reserve game per se. We’ll get a chance to play some different people. We’re also going to play out guys, much like we did against Chelsea and Barcelona where we gave our whole squad the opportunity to play. And Celtic comes on the heels of a Thursday night game and we play them on Sunday. It’s an event. It’s something for our fans to enjoy. It’s the whole idea of bringing things that are unique and special to our fans.”


(On Schelotto maybe not playing Saturday on turf…) “You’d have to check with (Columbus coach Robert Warzycha) for sure. For sure Guillermo is older. For sure the turf is harder on your body than regular fields are. They’ve been going a little bit longer than the rest of us. But he didn’t play last year. I know he was disappointed in that. I know, if possible, he’d like to be on the field.”
(On Boca’s home stadium . . .) “La Bombonera is unbelievable. I was there for the first time and you sit in those flat stands, or whatever you want to call them, the boxes and so forth. It’s just a very unique stadium. It’s different than any stadium in the world just from the standpoint of the way it is constructed and the way you look on the field. The atmosphere and everything. A long time ago, when I was coaching with the U.S. World Cup team, Bora Milutinovic said that the most passionate soccer fans are the Argentinians. And he said ‘Whenever you can go to a Boca game or a River game, you have to experience it. It’s like no other.’ And he certainly wasn’t wrong.”
(On importance of upcoming matches . . .) “We got two games at home. We were disappointed with the points we got on this last road trip. We weren’t necessarily disappointed with our play in Toronto but we’re disappointed that we didn’t get points. We always want to win at home and if we can get these next two games and win these next two games at home, it does a lot of things for us. It gets us six points which is the most important thing. We are also playing two of the better teams in MLS so it gives us confidence from that regard, as well. And it allows us to measure ourselves in these next two games against two of the better squads.”
(Any potential lineup changes?) “There’s always potential for that. We’ll have to see how it comes out at the end of the day.”
(On Fucito’s injury) “Randy is probably the best one to explain it, our trainer. It’s just a really strange injury. He’s retaining fluid in the capsule of the knee, it’s inside the sheath of the skin. It’s not something where it’s like a knee injury. The fluid builds there and they have to drain it. So now they felt the best way to keep the fluid from building is to immobilize it as much as possible for the next 2-3 days. He had it drained I think Monday and had to have it drained again this morning. They’re trying to see if it can go three days without it being drained and can allow him to have a little mobility. It’s not a serious injury, it’s one of those strange injuries where there’s nothing you can do but wait.”
(Is Jaqua still on his track to recovery?) “Pretty much. He was running and cutting yesterday. We tried to keep him pretty straight-away today and tomorrow he’ll get pushed again.”

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