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July 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Friday

(On long meeting of coaches, front office, etc. at midfield before the interview) “We’re just talking, going over things in terms of our team for this weekend and for the Metapan game as coaches. Adrian came over as well to get an update because he had spoken to Freddie recently, seeing how he was doing with his injury and coming back because he’s been working with Chris Cornish, our trainer, on his own. He said he’s been feeling better, so that’s what we talked about.”

(On Nkufo and Jaqua) “I think Blaise is still working on his fitness. He’s still building there. Nate is better, much better than he was. He’s still a little hesitant sometimes when he’s moving in the one direction to try and hit the ball in that direction. He’s not quite 100% either. I think both of them have made great strides forward. For Blaise everyday will be a better day and, for sure, for Jaqua right now the same thing. We’ll see who’s out there. Is it a combination of the two? Maybe one ends up playing more against Colorado and the other one ends up playing against Metapan.”

(Could Ljungberg explore options and still train?) “Yeah he could. Right now the decision was that it would probably be best right now to get his injury cured up and his ankle, which is doing much better. And while he is exploring those options to keep him out of our training during that period of time so that he can explore those options. There wasn’t a risk, obviously in training with a team there’s always a greater risk of injury. There’s not a risk of injury per se while he is going through that or a risk of making the injury worse. So that’s getting better, that’s there. We wanted to give him some time away. It’s less of a distraction probably for the team and for him at this stage so he can be focused on what he is doing. I think Adrian said this as well he has been great for this club, what he did his first year and he’s been a great ambassador for the team as well. All the players on the team all get along with him. There’s a lot of respect for what he has accomplished and what he’s done. As I have said before, he is a quality player. But for him, he’s got to look at his future and where is the best place to apply his trade as he moves forward into his future.”

(On replacing a DP with another DP) “Our club is always looking to keep themselves at the forefront and to have the best quality players that we can have. Whether that’s coming with some guys that are younger and are going to play with a little more energy, but maybe a little less savvy at times. Or if it means coming with an experienced player, who still has some good time left for himself, like a Blaise, and can offer that experience and veteran savvy to the team. It’s always going to be a mix of both. It’s an ever-changing world. It’s a sport. As I always say to a team, no team is going to be the same from one year to the next, and you realize that sometimes, for whatever reason, it’s time to move forward or it’s time to move on. It’s a situation where what our fanbase should expect is that we’re always going to try and make our team the best team we can possibly make it. And the decisions, whether adding more of a veteran influence there or adding a younger influence that is something that depends on the makeup of the team.”

(On Colorado) “Obviously it’s an important game because it’s a six-point swing game. We have got to show that we can beat a Western Conference opponent. That’s important as well. They are a team that, ‘Are they going to come in a 4-3-3 or are they going to come in a 4-4-2?’ It’s a little bit up in the air. They switched at halftime last week and played much better in the second half. Conor Casey is a load up front. Omar Cummings is a good compliment for him because he runs well into space. With Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz they got two strong, powerful midfielders who win their share of duals, for sure. And then they got Marvell Wynne. Are they going to keep him inside? Are they going to move him to right back? But certainly he is a guy who, with his physical aspect of the game, can make an impression. So they are a good team. They are a dangerous team. Colin Clark on the left is getting stronger with each week.”


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