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July 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes on Monday

(On Freddie Ljungberg…) “We’ll see. We will see how his ankle comes through today. Ankles are funny things. I had numerous ankle injuries when I played but sometimes it takes a few days, sometimes it takes longer. We wanted to see him push today and see how it would feel after practice and tomorrow.”

(On Osvaldo Alonso…) “With Ozzie, it’s just a matter of fitness. I don’t think he’s ready for a full game from the standpoint of fitness but it’s a matter of him continuing to be out there in training. With the game coming up Thursday, we can’t really do extra work with him. But for sure next week after the Celtic game doing some extra work with him at the beginning of the week will help him get back his fitness.”

(On Blaise Nkufo…) “Again, we can’t expect him to be the savior. He’s going to be one member of the team. But he is an experienced player who has shown a knack and ability to finish goals. If we can create some of the things we have created and he’s on the end of them we are confident he can finish them. So it’s a matter of us seeing where he is at, how he is in terms of his fitness, how quickly he can adjust and adapt to the team and the league. But obviously we expect him to have an impact for our team.”

(On Miguel Montano and the red card…) “Dealing with the soccer side of it first, I thought he played well. I thought he played with a lot of energy and created things. But the red card was also not acceptable. It’s tough on the camera angles because the camera never shows it cleanly but surely there is an attempt and the attempt to strike is punishable by a red card. How much did he connect? I can’t really tell you. But he has to be aware of that. If you are playing well, people are going to go in. Brek Shea got a yellow for the tackle because it was a harsh tackle. So it’s just something he has to learn from and he has to grow from.”

(On quick turnaround between matches…) “It’s harsh. That’s why we trained today because tomorrow we’ll lose a training day for those guys because it takes a full day to travel back there. So sometimes you can’t get onto a field, you just try to get to the gym to do some aerobic stuff. It makes it a little tougher. But on the same token, we have had a pretty tight stretch of games over the last two weeks and I am confident we can maintain our rhythm and guys will be ready to play on Thursday.”

(On Michael Seamon injuring ankle prior to yesterday’s match…) “He felt he could go. They re-tapped him and he felt he could go. He’s a pretty tough character so he was good about it that way. We held him out today because it has definitely ballooned up on him. Again, it’s going to be a day to day thing. He thinks he will be able to go come Thursday, so we will see. I think in the time he’s played he’s done well for us but he’s also shown a lot of desire. I think he was probably 85% in the game yesterday but he still did well.”

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