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May 6, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes after Thursday’s training (team release)

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach
(On importance of L.A. Galaxy match . . .) “For us, our goal this weekend is we would like to be in second place when we come out of this weekend. The results last night with Colorado losing at home, with Houston losing at home playing a man up, it keeps them stuck at ten points and I think we are all even on games now. So what we want to do is we want to get into second place. The top two teams in the division get an automatic berth in the playoffs. Second place, if not first, means that you still have home field in the first round of the playoffs. We will worry about trying to climb to first place much later but right now our goal is to get ourselves into second place to start separating ourselves from the pack. So from that standpoint the game is important.”
(On how the season is going . . .) “I don’t think we have been inconsistent in that regard. On the same token, even though we returned the same group [from last year], the group dynamic always changes a little bit and we have to continue to work and work on our understanding and make sure we have better cohesion as a group and that’s what we are working on all the time. We have monkeyed with the lineup a little bit, moving guys into slightly different positions on the field to make ourselves more effective and I think we are a lot closer right now to being a group that understands where guys need to be to be effective.”


(On Miguel Montano . . .) “He’s been here a while now so it’s given him a chance to settle in this country. He went back and had his go as well with the Colombian Under-20 team so it’s a little here or there in terms of he is traveling back and forth. But I think he is comfortable now with the team. He is comfortable with the players. He’s comfortable in this country and his opportunity I think will come. When that opportunity will be, that’s something we have to see exactly because we want to present him with a good opportunity. But certainly there’s a lot of things that he has done in training that I like.”
(On health of Sounders FC players . . .) “We are doing OK. [Brad] Evans today trained which was good. So we will see how he comes through and how he feels tomorrow. He is ahead of where Tyrone [Marshall] was last week. Everybody else trained. [Pat] Noonan is probably still out at this stage. Other than that, [Nate] Jaqua obviously still out but other than that we are OK.”

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