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July 1, 2010 at 12:59 AM

Sounders FC v. Portland Timbers — Sigi Schmid quotes

(Nice quick win and you’re out of here, eh?) “It was nice and easy (laughs). That’s what derby games like this are, and classic games. That’s what the Open Cup is as well. For us, we maybe took a little bit of a chance tonight, we started a lot of players who hadn’t played a lot of minutes, and we wanted to see what guys could do. We’ve got to get a better mix as we move forward, because we haven’t gotten it done with the group we’ve been playing. I thought some guys played very well and definitely accounted for themselves well. At the end, I think we showed a ton of character, because we were down a man, we had Sanna, who was really cramping up as well. So we were playing almost down two at times, but I thought the team showed a lot of heart and desire.”

(On going to a shootout) “We hit some PKs over the last 3-4 days, so I had a list of 8-9 guys, so I said, ‘These are the guys I’ll take ’em from.’ And then you have certain things happen, like Sanna was cramping up, so he gets off the list. Tyson Wahl, same thing, he really didn’t want to hit one. My philosophy always on PKs, unfortunately we lost the toss, is that you shoot first. You don’t want to shoot second, you want to shoot first. To me the most important PK takers are number one and number three. I’ve seen coaches save their best PKs takers for last and sometimes you never get to them. I think the first one is important to get off to a good start, as you saw they missed their first one, and then the third one’s important because it either puts you back into it or sometimes it almost ices it for you. And that’s why we had Sturgis and Montero shoot first and third.”

(On Keller being an advantage) “We felt we had a shot. (Goalkeepers coach) Tommy Dutra does a great shot of having an idea where guys are going, he researches it a little bit. But he knows. So him and Kasey had a little bit of a system worked out, where Tommy could sort of give him an indication on each one. I think out of the five, he had the right side on four of the five.”

(On wearing yellow on Sunday) “I don’t know, they don’t allow us to wear the yellows in MLS matches. But I think if we show the same character and resiliency, we’ll be OK. Obviously there’s skill still to be had, but we’re still missing Alonso, we’re still missing Evans, who are important players. But I thought today Sturgis had a good match for us in the midfield, there’s a lot of minutes. I thought Michael Seamon had a good match until ran out gas at about 65-70 minutes.”

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