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May 24, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Stopping & chatting with a number of Sounders on Monday


(On Hurtado injury) “Jhon’s been a great player for us since the day he got here. So anytime you lose a guy, that’s always a difficult thing. But we’ve got guys that are ready to step in. We wish the quickest recovery and hopefully he gets back by the end of the season. If not, then he’ll be ready to go next year. Everybody has to go through these usually at some stage in their career and Jhon will bounce back.”

(On possible replacements) “I think we showed (depth) last year in the Cup and during suspensions and different things. Now with the addition of Jeff Parke and Taylor Graham’s fit. Pat can always drop back into the center-back role and you’ve got Zach who can slide into that role, and Tyson can step into that role. If there was one position where I think we’re more than capable of covering for, it’s going to be the center-back role.”

(Will the friendly disrupt preparation?) “No, I think it’s going to be just what we need. To get out there and shake off the difficulty of the weekend with a game that doesn’t matter. It’s an opportunity for some guys to show what they’re made of and I think it’s going to be a very good distraction.”

(On facing normal struggles after dream season in Year One) “There’s no question. We’ve all heard ‘sophomore slump’ before many times. You come out and everything’s fresh, and adrenaline and you just feed off that energy. I was told a long, long time ago that it’s a helluva lot harder to stay on the top, than it is to get to the top. I think we’re going through a little bit of that right now, where you think it’s a foregone conclusion that you can step out and be successful at home because we’ve got 30,000+ people and it doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to go and fight for everything you get. And I think teams are also feeding off the energy and truly enjoy coming and playing in that atmosphere that they don’t get to play in week in and week out. We’ll be there. I’m not too worried about it. It’s difficult and we’re working hard to change things.”


(On Hurtado injury) “It’s unexpected, but it’s a shame. With sports there’s injuries. You feel for him as a player and also as a teammate because you never want to see somebody get hurt in that matter, or just be in pain in general, and you know it’s going to be tough on him. But he’s a strong lad, and he’ll make it through it. Who knows when he’s going to be back? It’s now a role that somebody needs to fill and there’s a good amount of guys who can play that spot, so it’s good.”

(On Wednesday’s game changing a bit) “Yeah, a bit. You got to be on your toes now a bit more, because there’s definitely a chance you could play. It’s important to be focused and be ready, no matter what the task is. Now that there’s a spot open, it’s going to be a battle to see who can win that spot.”

(On being ready to answer the call) “Yeah, I know I haven’t been here for a while, but I’ve played long enough to realize what you got to do and what you got to put in to get the job done. It’s going to be difficult because I haven’t been training as much. But if he calls on me, which I hope he does, I hope that (I’m up to the task).”

(On surprised to be in the 18 on Saturday) “Definitely. Yeah, it’s good though. You get after it right away and you see that your hard work (has paid off), and that the years I’ve played are the reason, I guess, I was pushed into that role.”


(On Hurtado injury changing things) “Yeah, we’ll see. I don’t know what the coach’s plans are as far as maybe midfield or in the back or whatever. But obviously it’s a big bummer for our team and for Jhon and his family. We saw them yesterday here, it was not a good scene. You hate to have that happen to him, he’s a good guy. But as far as the team, guys got to step up, just like last year. I think we all plan on doing that. At this point we need to.”

(On adversity) “We’ve been dealing with last game and what we need to do for the rest of the season, and bonding together as a team from this point. We’re going through a bit of a test right now and we’re either going to come out of it as individuals, and be possibly shipped different places, or stick together as a team. I know we all believe we have the talent and group to do it here.”


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