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July 2, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Friday

(On U.S. Open Cup match at Portland…) “I thought a number of guys came through. As a unit and as a group and as a team, I thought we battled really well. I thought Michael Seamon for his first start played very well. I thought [Nathan] Sturgis had some very good minutes and impact on the game. I was pleased with most everybody. [Miguel] Montano gave us good up and down work on his side, [Sanna] Nyassi the same. In the back, it was Taylor’s [Graham] first meaningful minutes in a long time and it was good for him to get back out there. So overall I was pleased. I was pleased with our collective effort. Our collective effort was maybe stronger than the individual parts but the key is a collective effort can gain you more.”

(On reserves seeing MLS action…) “It’s a little bit tougher only because having played 120 minutes and having the overtime and so forth, so physically if we had only played 90, maybe today’s practice would have been different. With us going 120 minutes, we really have to give those guys a regeneration day because usually two days out from a game is when you’re most sore. So now we have got some guys who, ‘This hurts, that hurts,’ so we have got to see how they feel tomorrow before we can make the ultimate decisions on the lineups.”

(On three simultaneous competitions…) “We try and put the best lineup in for each game as we feel it’s appropriate. So part of choosing the best lineup is also who is fresh, who isn’t fresh. Who has the legs right now to go 90 minutes for you? Those are factors into it. But each game you try and put out what you think is the best lineup for each game.”

(On Nate Jaqua…) “Well, certainly him sticking his head in and getting the first goal and just banging some bodies up there definitely helps. He’s a different type of forward than the guys we have and offers a different presence on the field.”

(On losses this season…) “It’s worn on the guys. It’s worn on me as well. It’s a situation I think we know we are better than that but, at the end of the day, our record doesn’t show it. We have got to turn that around. This is difficult. This is going to be our third game on the road in basically seven days so it’s a difficult stretch for us. But we have got to muster it up and we have got to show the character. When we win, we all win. When we lose, I lose. And we go from there. I think we have the capability to all win and we just have to show that capability. We showed it in Portland and we have got to show it again.”

(On Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle playing on Sunday…) “I don’t know. That’s a question for Bruce Arena. Probably more likely to see Buddle in there because he obviously didn’t play very many minutes in the World Cup and he didn’t have to do the talk show circuit, since Donovan probably didn’t reenter training until today or so for them… Obviously he [Donovan] is going to play. That’s why the game went on ESPN2. So whether he plays off the bench or starts, he’s going to get into the game. For us right now, we just need to focus on ourselves.”

(On Blaise Nkufo…) “Well what we talked about when I talked to Blaise is basically from when his World Cup ended, we were going to try to give him two weeks, at least. So we’re talking right now how that works because it actually ends up working where we’re about gone for D.C.”


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