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July 6, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes on Tuesday

(On the new field turf at Starfire Sports Stadium) “It’s probably the best turf field now in the area. It slows the ball down. It’s not nearly as fast as Qwest [Field] is, so from that standpoint it’s going to be a little different for us too.”

(On team’s depth) “Our depth is obviously with [Osvaldo] Alonso being out, and [Brad] Evans being out, and [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] being out for the season, [Michael] Fucito is another guy, that hurts our depth a little bit for sure. So certain guys are sometimes being asked to play positions that maybe aren’t even their best positions…For us right now it’s a game that’s another game in the step of playing better. That’s what we’re looking forward to is the opportunity to play L.A. again this Wednesday, tomorrow, and to play better than we played the last two times we played them.”

(On if there’s an advantage playing a team twice in four days) “I don’t know if there’s an advantage, but you definitely got to be excited. If as a player you’re not excited when you played what you considered not to be a good game to get a crack at the same team probably has you excited. Now some of the guys are different guys out there. But for sure it’s an opportunity. We got time. Hopefully it won’t be a 120 minute game. Hopefully we will be able to take care of it successfully and sooner than that. If it’s 120 minutes and it’s penalties we’ll go that route as well. I feel confident that for a player on our team right now that this is a good opportunity.”

(On Taylor Graham’s suspension) “That hurts a little bit because obviously he is somebody that we would’ve started. He’s a good matchup for Alan Gordon, who will probably start for the Galaxy, because of the aerial duals. It definitely hurts us. It means some guys got to play double duty. They’re professional soccer players that should be good enough to do it.”

(On outside competition being a good thing in a slump) “It’s good sometimes to have more games to allow you a chance to get into the rhythm. Sometimes you’d like to have some training days, but for us right now I think it’s a matter of getting right back out on the bike and riding around, and getting to play better soccer.”

(On if Kasey Keller will play tomorrow) “That’s something that we’re going to decide. We’ve talked about it. Tom Dutra and me are going to talk after we go in and we’ll make that decision.”

(On the demands of a goalkeeper) “Every position has different demands. Just like if you’re an attacking player you can make 20 mistakes, if you do two things right and you score a couple of goals you’re a star. If you’re a defender and you do 20 things right and make one mistake you’re a goat. And as a goalkeeper, yeah, you’re not physically running up and down the field but some of the toughest things to do in goal is when you don’t have a lot of action and now you’re called upon to make a big save. So the mental concentration and focus is a strain and a stress. It’s like a race car driver. He’s not exactly running around the track, but it’s a mental strain as well.”


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