Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

May 11, 2010 at 7:32 PM

The rest of the Sounders FC sound off on Nkufo’s arrival

SIGI SCHMID — head coach

(On what Blaise Nkufo brings to team . . .) “Anytime you add a quality player it’s going to improve obviously the quality of your team – on and off the field. I think you guys talked to him today and you see that not only does he have abilities on the field but he is really a well-spoken individual who thinks about what he wants to do and team success is very important to him. So he brings that to the party as well. Obviously he has got a proven goal scoring record. He’s not the kind of player who is going to run away from people so he scores his goals by instinct and timing and understanding the flow of the game. Those are all of the qualities that he is going to bring to our team.”

KASEY KELLER — goalkeeper

(On having Nkufo at training) “It’s great. I accidentally ran into him on Sunday night, which was pretty cool. Seattle’s a big, small city. It’s just fantastic. He’s here, obviously, to meet the guys and get accustomed, and then has to join up with the Switzerland squad for the World Cup. We just hope him success and that he comes back fit and ready to go.”

STEVE ZAKUANI — forward/midfielder

(Do you wish Blaise was out there playing with you?) “Tyrone told him that, yeah. Obviously he’s a proven goal scorer. I had a chance to talk to him a little bit before, similar background, that kind of stuff. We can hold a convo in French. We’re aware of him and we could use some goals right now, so he’ll help us. I think at the same time we have Nate out. It’s hard because we don’t have that front guy who’s just going to always be there. We put Brad there, and he gave us a lot with his runs, but it’s still not his position. I think when you get someone there like Blaise, who’s going to always be there. It’s going to help us a lot. And someone with a proven goal-scoring record is going to help us a lot. Until then we have to manage and we still have the players that can turn it around before then, and when he comes he can be the final piece, hopefully.”

(Do you root against Switzerland now to get him back as soon as possible?) “I will be. 100 percent.”

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG — midfielder

(On Nkufo’s arrival) “I spoke to him briefly before the training session. I knew he was a good guy before, but he’s very friendly and I welcomed him to Seattle.”

(On him filling a big need) “I think that’s what the management saw in the offseason, that we needed a goal-scorer and that’s why he’s here. I think they tried to get him earlier on but Twente wouldn’t let them. And he has to play in the World Cup and we’ll wait until he gets here.”

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►