I was the only reporter on hand to ask Seattle coach Sigi Schmid questions after a rainy training session on Friday. The team staff listened in on the first question (and could send out a release on that later), but the second two Q&A’s are exclusive.
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(Are you concerned about training in these conditions the day before the game?) “No, you just try to keep it short and sharp. Get ’em in and off the field. Do what we needed to do. I mean the field’s good, the field is in good condition. The other thing you worry about is if the field is sloppy or something like that or it’s really heavy, but the field’s not heavy, so it’s good.”
(On the possibility of Michael Fucito having surgery) “At this stage there’s a possibility of it. But right now, knock on wood, he’s actually had the drain taken out and there’s no fluid building up so if we can through 24-48 hours on that, there might not be any need.”
(On why Freddie Ljungberg wasn’t on the bench Wednesday, when everyone, even injured Jaqua and Fucito were…) “Decisions. Personal decisions. He was up in the box. I didn’t have a problem. I didn’t tell those guys (Jaqua and Fucito) to be on the bench. I didn’t tell Freddie not to be on the bench. That’s not a big issue or a big concern. I don’t think that’s something people have to worry about. He was in the locker room before the game, which all the players have to be, and he was in locker room after the game, which all the players have to be as well. So he was there when he was supposed to be there.”