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June 5, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Sounders FC 3, N.E. Revolution 0 — Sigi Schmid quotes

Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach

(Opening Statement…) “It’s one of those games again. I see we outshot them 19-2, so again we created chances but they didn’t…oh, I can change the story. I got used to saying the same thing all the time. No, it was nice to get some goals, tremendous first goal by Leo Gonzalez – that was a wonder strike, a tremendous strike on goal. Zakuani as well, a very well hit ball. Montero a good combination that put him in. I thought the soccer we played was good. I thought playing out of a 4-4-2 we were more dangerous having a partner up front. I thought Freddie Ljungberg wide right was outstanding, creating numerous opportunities for us. As we get used to him there as well, it will make it easier for us to get him the ball more often in better positions. I was just pleased with our effort. The theme today was we wanted to play like there’s no tomorrow and we came out in the first half and we played that way so I’m very pleased with how we did.”

(On what the win does for mentality…) “It does a lot. Obviously because we put a lot on our plate with these last two games at home. We’ve got DC coming in on Thursday we wanted to get our record to .500 before we go on the break. We want to make this a tough place for teams to play. I think we made it that way tonight so it does a lot for our spirit, it does a lot for our confidence, it just does an awful lot for the morale and it was good to win and score some fine goals.”

(On doing things differently with preparation to bolster the offense…) “The only thing we did differently, we switched into a 4-4-2 because we felt by playing a 4-3-3, only having one striker in the middle and that often times being Montero, that we just didn’t have enough of a threat there. By going with two strikers there, and I thought Noonan is another one who had an outstanding game tonight, it just gave us a good combination there and when we play like that we’re a tough team because you have Zakuani on one flank and Ljungberg on the other, that’s going to make you concerned a little bit and then you’ve got two forwards up front that they can serve the ball to. When balls got put in the box, and now we’ve got to get better still at finishing those opportunities, but when balls got put in the box we had people there, we had numbers there. Sometimes if we’re a little more clever, a little more composed, we’ll get even more goals. It was definitely a huge step in the right direction and the change in formation helped us the most.”

(On New England goalkeeper situation…) “We talked about it, let’s test him early, let’s make sure we hit shots on goal, let’s put crosses on top of him early, let’s see what he’s got and certainly the guys did that. Again, I don’t think he can do much on the first goal. I don’t think he can do much on the second goal and the third goal, obviously I’m sure he’d like to have another shot at that one. I thought overall we did a good job of testing him early.”

(On the starting lineup . . .) “I don’t see why not, unless somebody gets hurt. Obviously, being able to play the same group together helps as well because you get familiarity with each other, you sort of know where each other is. The main thing is everybody did their role tonight, everybody played their role. The defensive midfielder Ianni did a good job on Shalrie Joseph. You really didn’t see Shalrie much during the game. He took care of that. Evans took care of a little more of the offensive part. The wingers took care of their part. The defenders took care of their part. I thought Parke was much better than he was in Colorado. He was sharper and quicker tonight, so all of those were plus steps for us.”

(On wearing the same shirt Thursday…) “Yeah, I’m just debating right now if I want to launder it or not, as to which way is the best way to go with that. I always tell my wife, I know when it’s going well it’s because I’m not cold. If I’m really into the game I’m not cold, so it’s like the guys at halftime, they said, do you need a jacket for the second half? I said, no, it’s not cold out there.”

(On memories of John Wooden…) “Tremendous memories from the standpoint as a student there I had some friends who were on the basketball team and I used to watch practice all the time. Seeing him work, seeing the way he always tried to bring the best out of each individual and by bringing the best out of each individual, that made them a great team. His calmness, his decorum having met him, spoken to him, just his overall demeanor, his outlook on life is tremendous. I think we’ve lost a very unique and a very special person. I’ve gotten emails from teammates of mine who were there at the same time and everybody is expressing how much they appreciated him. A lot of guys have the Pyramid of Success in their offices signed by him. It’s a huge loss, but we were very fortunate to have him here for 99-plus years. He’s a very, very special person and UCLA and sports are going to miss him.”

(On something extra to be had from tonight…) “No, that we played good attacking soccer, which we always want to do. We want to be an entertaining team that we’re able to win at home and now it’s a matter of hey, let’s continue to refine what we’re doing, get to know each other better in this system of play and even finish off more opportunities. It was nice to break out and get three goals. We don’t want to be the lowest scoring team in the league. We want to get out of that.”

(On how the team played with a three-goal lead…) “I thought they played all right. We talked at halftime about making sure we maintain the same mentality, that we went out in the second-half with the same mentality and that didn’t think that okay, it’s easy. I thought we did, even at the start of the second-half we went right after them. We created some chances and obviously sometimes you get greedy and you want to get the fourth or fifth but I’m not going to be greedy right now Three is enough for tonight. I’d like to save some so we get two or three on Thursday.”

(On Gonzalez getting forward more…) “That was funny because before the game we said to him, you’ve got a tough guy with speed in Nyassi, make sure you defend him, and if you can get forward once in awhile great, but don’t worry about that. Obviously he proved me wrong, five minutes and getting forward and hammering the shot in. I think his ability to get forward was set up by defending Nyassi very well. Maybe it’s because he goes against Sanna every day in practice so he had a good idea of what’s coming. He deals with quick players pretty well, and he would steal balls and that would put him into the offensive part of the field – that allowed him to get forward because he defended really well.”

(On playing more direct than previous…) “We talked about it early in the game. We wanted to make sure we could get our crowd behind us, even to the extent of saying on the kick-off we wanted to put the ball behind them. We talked about making sure that we get behind the defense a little more often, a little quicker, make them play in their end of the field and that would help us in terms of getting our crowd and putting the pressure on them and turning this into a home field.”

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