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May 31, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes Monday at Starfire

(On thoughts on Colorado game . . .) “We have got to keep working away. I don’t want to sound like a cliche or a broken record, but we have got to keep working away. We’re a little bit just looking at highlights of other games and you see [Joe] Cannon and [Jason] Hernandez making a complete mess of the first goal in the San Jose game or you see [Jimmy] Nielsen from Kansas City not being able to hold a soft cross and you’re saying, ‘When are we going to catch a break like that?’ The handball that was on [Omar] Cummings, you compare that handball to the handball that got called on Leo [Gonzalez] last year in New England or the handball that got called on Ozzie [Osvaldo Alonso] when he was in the wall, it’s like, ‘How come we are not catching that break?’ But, at the end of the day, you make your own breaks. It’s not the refereeing that’s stopping us. It’s us that’s stopping ourselves right now. Offensively it’s not good enough. We have got to create more things. Like the reserves today, the times we have played in a 4-4-2 I think, at the end of the day, we scored more goals. For us, whether we stay in a 4-3-3 or go into a 4-4-2 is something that we will definitely decide upon this week. We have just got to generate more consistent attacking play.”

(On Sounders FC injuries . . .) “They still got to do a lot of hard work before they come back in. I think you could even see the rust on Jeff Parke and maybe the rust contributed a little bit. But, at the end of the day, I’m not really counting on [Nate] Jaqua until after the [World Cup] break and with [Peter] Vagenas we’ve got to see the same thing. I think we have enough people, we have enough personnel, and we have enough quality. It’s just a matter of our execution and just playing with a good spirit.”

(On today’s reserve game versus Kitsap Pumas . . .) “It’s always good when you see people score goals. So Roger [Levesque] in the last couple of reserve games, obviously he got the goal against Boca, he got two here today. The reserve game before he got another one as well. So he is starting to score goals, which he wasn’t doing early on so that was good. I though David Estrada had some good moments. I thought Michael Seamon played well again. I thought [Nathan] Sturgis was good. Taylor [Graham] organized us in the back well. Sanna [Nyassi] had some good moments also. From that standpoint, it’s good. But what I really like most of all is they came out, especially in the first half where they dominated the game, they came out with a really good spirit. They came out with a really good team attitude and work rate.”

(On New England Revolution and Shalrie Joseph’s return . . .) “We have got to worry about ourselves. Joseph’s been back now two games for them. Shalrie certainly makes a difference for them. It would have been nice to play them without Shalrie but that’s just the way it is. There are some teams that had the benefit of playing them twice while Shalrie was out – that’s something our league needs to look at. We need to look at within your first 15 games, you play 15 different teams, and then you play 15 different teams in your second 15 games. We have already completed our season series with New York and we’re not even halfway into our schedule. That’s wrong. Then you either get the advantage of a team being injured or you get a disadvantage of a team being on a role. I think we have to look at that as a league. For us right now, our concern has got to be ourselves. We have got to play soccer. We have got to take care of ourselves.”

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