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May 26, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Sounders FC 3, Boca Juniors 0 — postgame Schmid quotes

SIGI SCHMID – Sounders FC Head Coach

(On the game …) “Obviously it was nice to get goals. It’s been a long time and we didn’t know what it felt like anymore. It was a great feeling because our fans have been so supportive and so behind us. For us to reward them, I guess they all get free haircuts as a result of that, so that’s a good thing. I thought at times we obviously played some good soccer. The effort of the guys was very good. It was great to see (Michael) Seamon get his first goal on his first shot. It was good to see Roger (Levesque) get a goal – a good free kick from Fredy Montero. For the second goal, (Pat) Noonan did some good individual work to put that one away. We also created some chances. Our shots to shots-on-goal ratio was much better today – that’s something we’ve been concentrating on. Our spacing and our passing was good. It’s a happier day in Sounder land today than it was on Saturday.”

(On how much they can build off of a game like this …) “We had a feeling that if we could get a goal here then the dam would open up for us a little bit. So it’s a feeling of knowing ‘Hey, yeah, we can do this’ against a team that’s good, plays in a good league, that plays international soccer at a good level that came out and played five or six of their starting guys against us. It gives you confidence when you see the ball hit the back of the net in a real game – the feeling you have is something that helps carry you.”

(On looking at different combinations of personnel …) “It was good to look at some players. It’s been awhile since David Estrada has been on the field. I thought he had some very good moments when he came on early on. It was good for us to get Brad Evans back on the field to see where he’s at – if he’s going to be able to go this weekend. It was unfortunate with Ossie (Osvaldo Alonso) because he re-aggravated his injury a little bit. It was good to see Taylor Graham. He hasn’t played in a game in a really long time so he’s going to be extremely sore tomorrow not having played 90 minutes in awhile. Zach Scott, all the guys … it was good to get Jeff Parke out there as well. From that standpoint it was very good for us tonight.”

(On the pregame huddle …) “We always do that right before the game. We do it with all the players and all the subs. A lot times teams will just get the starting 11 together on the field and it’s something we started – we’re all in this so we get the whole group together on the sideline prior to the game. We were rockin’ a little more because Tommy Dutra got the team going a little bit. We might have to keep that. It looked a little NBA style for awhile.

(On wearing the bright uniforms again …) “I don’t know. Are we allowed to wear those in league? I’ve got no problem wearing those again. If they got three goals in them every game, we’ll wear them every game. I don’t care how much the fine is from the league. Adrian (Hanauer) said he’s willing to pay that fine every week as long as we get three goals.”

(On Fredy Montero wearing Jhon Kennedy Hurtado’s number …) “He and Jhon Kennedy are close. I know he kids him a lot, but he wanted to do that for Jhon. Jhon is a person the whole team likes. He’s a very giving person and he’s a person we care a lot about as a group. We certainly miss him and can’t wait for him to come back. It was a little bit to pay him respect. I thought it was a great gesture from Fredy. Our team reallycares about him and wish for him to get back as soon as possible.”

(On Taylor Graham’s performance …) “Obviously Taylor knew that today was a bit audition for him, a big opportunity for him to show that he’s got his fitness back and that he can play, he can organize us. That’s one of Taylor’s strengths – he’s a very good organizer in the back. I thought he had a good game today. How it goes from here and how he feels tomorrow him having played 90 minutes today … Saturday is probably tough for him. This is a huge step forward for him in terms of getting close and getting into the 18 and getting himself further along.”

(On Osvaldo Alonso’s status for Saturday …) “Doubtful, probable, questionable – he’s probably doubtful. You know, we’ll have to see. It’s not nearly what it was before so a lot of times you can’t tell until the next morning.”

(On players possibly being more relaxed …) “Maybe. You’re still always anxious and always eager to get out there and play, especially when it’s an international game, you want to do well. Some guys knew they were only going to play 45 minutes so for them it’s a little bit different with how they divide up their energy. Michael Seamon said to me that was the hardest 25 minutes I’ve ever played in my life. So there’s still the nerves and energy that’s there for those players. We had some good chances prior to that first goal. Having that first goal go in was like hey, yeah we can do this and it was just a good feeling.”

(On his assessment of the Boca squad …) “Boca played well and created some good chances. Obviously they’re a team that’s very technical. Their passing is very good. They overloaded us a couple of times on one side or the other and got behind us on the flanks. We dodged a bullet or two, but that’s something that you need to do. At the end of the day, once we had the lead, I think they stepped up their aggression a little bit because they’re a proud team as well. They’re a good team with a lot of talented young players for sure.”

(On players scoring goals in game vs. practice …) “It all matters. There are a lot of players that are great training players and can’t do it in a game. There are some guys that aren’t quite as sharp in training but get it done in a game so whenever you can evaluate guys in game situations it’s good. Again, for us, when you look at our schedule, once we hit July, all of these guys are going to have to get on the field. It’s good for their confidence, it’s good for us to know that we have some depth and that was something that we wanted to build this year as well. We want to turn this good result into good results in our league games – the one in Colorado and we’ve got two at home after that so we want to be able to reward our fans again when we come home.”


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