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June 4, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes Friday (via release)

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach

(On importance of next two games . . .) “We want to win. We would rather win now than win after the break. So for us, we don’t want to lose the connection to the rest of the teams in the West. Obviously we are behind now, especially when it relates to second place, I’m not worried about first place right now. So we want to maintain a connection with second place. We want to be in striking distance. This league is an up and down league. Teams go through good streaks and bad streaks. If we can start hitting a good streak now, that’s much better than waiting a couple of weeks.”

(On New England Revolution . . .) “Obviously they are a team that, just like us, haven’t gotten the results that they would’ve wanted so far this season. They have had some injury problems and people missing as well. But with Shalrie Joseph back into their team they are a much better team. They’re a dangerous team as a result because he sort of pulls the strings and orchestrates things for them. They’ve got some guys who are also playing well. [Zack] Schilawski’s got a good number of goals, especially for a rookie. [Kheli] Dube always does his job, his work. [Sainey] Nyassi’s speed on the flanks. [Marko] Perovic has got a bomb of a shot. So you have got to be aware of all those things. Who knows? We might be seeing Matt Reis playing his first game of the year. I think they are a good team. Everything in MLS is so close, the difference between top to bottom is very small.”

(On New England goalkeepers . . .) “It doesn’t change how we go about our business very much. Certainly Matt Reis is an experienced goalkeeper, hasn’t played any games this year. Hopefully there will be a little bit of rust there. On the same token, he’s a player I know very well, having coached him at UCLA and with the Galaxy. He is a quality keeper. But I know they have a lot of confidence in [Bobby] Shuttleworth as well. I’m sure they’re confident with whichever goalkeeper they play.”

(On Preston Burpo . . .) “First off, myself, I know a lot of people in this organization, Brian Schmetzer and a lot of people who have played with Preston, obviously wish him well. Preston is a class guy. I tried to get him at Columbus. I wanted him to actually retire and become my goalkeeper coach but he wanted to keep playing. I really like Preston so hopefully everything goes well with his recovery.”

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