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July 24, 2010 at 5:04 PM

A stop and chat with Sounders FC’s Steve Zakuani — Q&A

It’s a quiet day before Sunday night’s kickoff against Colorado. I had a leftover Q&A with Steve Zakuani from earlier in the week that I wanted to share.

And the end he discusses canceling his Facebook and Twitter accounts for those interested.

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(Do you feel you’re turning it around) “Personally I always felt good, even we lost some games. Apart from maybe a couple, we were in every game. It wasn’t a situation where we were getting killed, and I knew at some point it would turn around. Winning some games in the Open Cup helped, that was huge for our confidence as a team. Against Dallas, we were disappointed to concede a late goal, but it was a step in the right direction. Then we went to D.C. and Montero pushed a ball for Roger to score. It’s always been a case of being not too far from where we need to be. I think we’re still not where we need to be. When we were doing bad I wasn’t overreacting; now we’re doing well I’m not doing to say we’re doing great, but it’s steps in the right direction.”

(On all-star game conflict) “I didn’t even think about it. Only the other day I found out the game was this month. It’s not something you think about. People make votes, and personally I don’t care much about it. I don’t know what the others guys on the team feel like. We know we’re good players and a good team. We don’t need a vote to prove that. It would be nice to play Manchester United, but it is what it is.”

(On Montero’s production) “Maybe I’m a bit biased because he’s a good friend of mine, but I think he’s one of the those players. From the first day I saw him, I knew he was a special player. Maybe sometimes people don’t see what he tries to do on the field. Personally I’ve seen and heard and read some stuff when it hasn’t gone well for him and he’s getting hammered. I just shake my head, thinking, ‘these guys don’t understand football,’ because if you play with some players, you know what they’re capable of. I think he’s one of those guys you have to give him space and let him do what’s he’s capable of doing. He’s going to shoot sometimes from 30 yards out and the ball is going to go out of the stadium. But you say it’s OK, other times he’ll shoot from 40 yards and score. He’s one of those guys, so I’m not surprised he’s doing well now. And whether or not it’s showing statistically, he’s a very good player.”

(On getting rid of Facebook/Twitter accounts) “Facebook basically I had it when I came to college and it was a good way to keep in touch with friends back home. Now it’s where the people I need to keep in touch with have my number. That’s about it. I don’t want to spend too much time on it. I want to spend my time getting ready to make a push for the playoffs and not be distracted. With Twitter, it was always going to be temporary, just for the fun of it to see how it works. It’s gone but it’s OK. They were two things I always planned to delete. I won’t be making a comeback. (laughs) They’re gone. That’s the story.”


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