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July 18, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Sounders FC 1, Celtic 2 — postgame Sigi Schmid quotes

SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening comments) “It still ended up being a decent game. It could have been a good game. Sort of like, what’s that book? ‘A Good Walk Spoiled.’ It was a good game spoiled by I thought a poor decision. It is what it is. I’m proud of how our team continued to play. I’m glad we pulled a goal back. I’m a little disappointed with the second goal we gave up because I felt we were a little lazy on our defending on that, but I was proud of our mentality and the way we played in the second half especially.”

(On Terry Boss’ red card) “My two things were this: one is the guy scored the goal and he could have let the goal count. He didn’t have to go come back for the penalty. He said that he had blown the whistle, so he felt he needed to call the penalty. I said, ‘So you needed to red card the guy?’ and he goes, ‘Well, those are the rules.’ I said, ‘So you’ve ruined the game for 40,000 people.’ Then I asked him where their communication was, because normally the fourth official communicates with the guy in the middle and the linesman as well. Apparently, I don’t know, maybe it was U.S. Soccer’s frugality or whatever the case, but they had no communication system. Not everybody had that. I said that’d be like us showing up without uniforms. I just left it at that. I figured I was close to getting thrown out and Adrian (Hanauer) said he won’t pay any fines, so I figured I couldn’t do that.”

(On Jordan Jennings) “Jordan came up, for a kid who isn’t normally on our team, a guy that’s playing PDL, which is a couple of division below, I thought he came up and he did well. It’s unfortunate that Boss needs to continue to get game time and he missed out on the game time. But Jordan basically equated himself well and came up with a couple of good saves — snagged a perfect one going to his left. Last night I think he had a game, he played in front of 25 people and today he stepped on the field and played in front of 40,000.”

(On Blaise Nkufo debut) “I was happy with it. Obviously when you have a new player, you got to integrate with him and he needs to integrate to the team, so we got to understand what he can do. He showed that he can be a forward with his hold-up play for us and he can bring other players into the game, which is an important attribute to have. The one cross that (Fredy) Montero hit to him early was a good cross, he was in the box at the right spot and he got clobbered a little bit from behind on the header. Got close a couple of times. He’s been off since the World Cup, so as his fitness improves and his touch improves, I think we’re going to have a lot of joy.”

(On effect Nkufo had on game and creating space) “In the second half I told Blaise to stay a little more central because we were playing a man down, but sometimes he likes to come off and look for the ball, but he gets back in. I thought in the first half when we were playing 11 v. 11, sometimes we took too many touches before we played the ball back in, but certainly as he holds and occupies the central defenders, that will open up spaces for our wide players.”

(On Michael Seamon’s status) “He’s much closer. He’s played the last two games at 75 to 80 percent. So we felt there was no reason to push him today and weekend of rest should help him as we go into training next week.”

(Why’d you take Montero out so early?) “Because we were playing a man down. So if I take out one of the other guys, then Fredy’s going to end up playing midfield and I was going to have Blaise drop in and play wide right midfield. I felt there was no point in having Fredy play wide right in midfield or wide left in midfield and run up and down. We’ve got a game next week that matters, that’s important for us in terms of points. He’s played a lot of minutes lately and has put forth a great effort, so I thought he was the appropriate guy to rest and let some of the other guys run a little bit more.”

(On David Estrada goal and performance) “He hit a bomb. I don’t know if (Dominic) Cervi ever saw it. He stepped up. It was one of those balls that sits right for you and he took his chance. He’s a bit unlucky in hitting the post at the very end as well. He needed to get around that a bit more and hit it far post, I think he would have gotten another goal maybe. But certainly he scored a great goal. I know he’s very happy and it was a great shot.”

(On the importance of the game for Estrada) “It’s huge. When you’re a young player and you’re trying to make your way forward, every time you get an opportunity you try and make an impression. Obviously, today he made an impression and when you do that, that means you’re going to get another opportunity.”

(On Estrada playing while on IR) “He can play. He has a chronic toe that sort of comes and goes, but he can play in Open Cup games and he can play in CONCACAF games, so there’s opportunities that are there.”

(On Fredy Montero’s production recently) “He’s brought a lot of energy into the game the last two games that he’s played. There’s been a little bit of space available underneath the center forward that he’s taken advantage of. He got to play a few games with (Nate) Jaqua, which helps because Jaqua is a different style of forward. In D.C., we asked Roger (Levesque) to do his best Nate Jaqua imitation and he did. I think that helps, having that kind of forward next to him allows him to bring him game out a little bit more. It’s mainly him and the effort that he’s brought onto the field the last two games.”

(On Nate Jaqua’s status) “We’ll see on Tuesday. He feels better each day, but he hasn’t really been tested. We don’t want to push it right now, so we will give him another day of rest tomorrow and then we’ll see where he’s at Tuesday.”

(On potential roster moves…) “That’s something that I don’t know the final answers on. I know there are things that we’re working on it. As to when exactly that might happen or might not happen, I really couldn’t tell you. Right now my job as the coach every day is to go out and work with the group that’s out there every day at practice and that’s what I try and do.”

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