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April 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Chatting with Sigi Schmid about Columbus and King trade

(On playing his former team) “It’s good. You don’t want to have too many old teams (laughs), because that means you’ve been moving around an awful lot. Certainly that team is 90-percent the same as it was in 2008 and for sure the coaching staff is 95-percent the same. So it’s still a lot of friends that I have there. We went out together last night, the coaching staff of the Crew and myself because we worked together for three years and there’s a bond that exists there. When it comes time for the game on Saturday, I know no one wants to win as badly as Robert does, and he knows I want to win very badly as well. So it’s a lot of fun.”

(On reaching consistency like Columbus has…) “It’s a process. You don’t snap your fingers and say you’re going to become consistent tomorrow and it’s going to happen overnight. I think teams and clubs that look for overnight solutions are teams that disappear quickly off the map. They have spikes in their performance, spikes of highs and lows. We’re still looking for that consistency and we’re trying to establish it here. I think when you look at our team, if you compare our team over the last two years and compare it to whomever else you want in the league, with the exception of Columbus, I think we’ve been as consistent as anybody up here. So it’s just something we continue to work at. Columbus obviously there’s a nucleus of players now that have been together for three years. It was a nucleus that was built up. There was a lot of youth in their lineup. It’s a team that is very tightly-knit off the field as well. If they have a superstar it’s Schelotto, but it’s basically ten guys working for one all the time when they step on the field. And that makes you a very good team as well. For us, we’re still looking for that exact balance, how it works, and sometimes that doesn’t happen like I said in one or two games or even in ten games. It takes a little bit of time.”
(On Schelotto…) “The main thing in coaching Guillermo is he just wants to win as badly as any player I’ve been involved with. When you look at his history and you look at the titles he’s one with Boca and he’s won two Supporters’ Shield here with the Crew and he’s won an MLS Cup. I think that takes his total to over 20 (titles) in his career. It’s just one of those guys. You had them in basketball with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Yeah, they were great players. Were they the all-time greatest player? A Michael Jordan? No, but they knew how to win. And Guillermo’s the same way. He finds a way to win. He wants to win, he wants to compete. You know when you put him out on game day that his whole mind, body and soul is focused on winning the game.”
(On King trade…) “Stephen’s a great kid, a great kid. I really didn’t see him ahead of the other guys we had in the middle of midfield. For us, there was an opportunity that made sense to our club, in terms of a trade. And it also made sense for Stephen. It gives him an opportunity. He’s going to a team that hasn’t started off the season very well. That has a little bit of a hole there, so maybe the chances of him seeing the field increases there. And you want to see good people move on and do well. Not against us (laughs), but move on and do well in other circumstances. We’re a club that we want to be the best we can be and we’re certainly going to continue to build our squad, always. But we also want to be a club that has heart, that has feeling and that cares about people and I think for Stephen hopefully he’ll do well there and obviously we’re going to miss him.


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