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May 18, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Sigi Schmid quotes from Tuesday’s training (team release)

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach

(On significance of win . . .) “Obviously anytime you pick up a win it picks up everybody’s spirits and so from that standpoint it was very important. But it was a little bit of going back to basics, rolling up our sleeves. I thought we did a better job marking inside the 18-yard boxes. Obviously Fredy Montero finished his goal very, very well. We went very workman-like into our duties that we needed to do in that game. But that’s what we need to do to find ourselves back and that was a team that hadn’t lost at home, they’re a team that’s done well, that plays it very tight defensively and it was just going to be that kind of game. We persevered and we also played out the last few minutes which we hadn’t been doing in some earlier games when we had a lead. So those were a couple of positives.”

(On Jeff Parke . . .) “Obviously with Parke he is a player we have talked about often in the past. He’s a player we wanted to get here at the beginning of the 2010 season but for whatever reasons it didn’t work out and didn’t work out and didn’t work out. Now it’s finally worked out and we are happy to have him here. Now it’s a matter of us all being able to get down to work, have all that contract nonsense and ‘Is he coming? Is he not coming?’ behind us and we can just focus on the soccer part of it.”

(On how Jeff Parke fits with team . . .) “He’s a player who is comfortable as a central defender, that’s probably his best position. He can play in a back three or a back four. He can play outside back as well in a pinch. So he gives us some more depth there. He gives us opportunities with injuries or whatever to move people around. Certainly as we move into the second half of the season, he gives us the depth that we need when we are talking about trying to play Open Cup, Champions League and League [MLS] all at the same time.”

(On Michael Seamon . . .) “With Michael, we wanted to allow him the opportunity to finish school, just like we did with [Michael] Fucito last year. So he has been able to complete that and now he’s got a couple of weeks to come out here and show us what he can do and whether he is somebody we want to add to our roster. Obviously we drafted him and we think he has abilities and it’s tough sometimes coming into it in the middle of it.”

(On Fredy Montero’s play . . .) “I thought he came on and showed very good character and scored a great goal. The effort he put in at the end of the game was tremendous. That has got to come out in practice as well on a daily basis and every time he steps on the field it has to come out.”

(On Sanna Nyassi’s play . . .) “I thought Sanna had a good game. I think it was probably Sanna’s best game for the Sounders. He was a little bit unlucky with that left-footed shot that he hit, he just missed that wide. He was unlucky with the one where he got put in by a great through ball by [Peter] Vagenas and [Danleigh] Borman, I think, saved it off the goal line. But I thought he had a very good effort for us. He offered an attacking threat for us throughout the game and helped us out defensively as well. I thought he had a good game.”


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