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July 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Sounders FC 1, Isidro Metapan 0 — Sigi Schmid quotes

(General comments…) “We had chances. I thought we had chances to score more than just the one and we’re disappointed that we didn’t get more. It’s most important not give up a goal at home. We have a lead. It forces them when we go down there that they have to score a goal. They can’t sit back. Here they can sit back. And for us on the road to score a goal, we force them to score three, so that’s really important. We wanted to hold them at zero at home and get as many goals as possible as home. We also wanted to make sure that we can play with a strong lineup when we go down to El Salvador because it’s going to be a hostile environment. The refereeing certainly is going to be a little different than it is in the MLS and it’s going to be a situation where we’re going to need our veteran players down there to get the result that we need to advance.”

(On yellow cards…) “Obviously, with two yellows you sit out a game, so we have to be careful with that. I thought early in the game we got drawn into some of the theatrics on the field and we didn’t play with enough composure. A couple of yellow cards we didn’t need to take. It doesn’t affect us for the next game. The most important thing is to get into the group stage and then we’ll see where we are with yellow cards.”

(On win being good for MLS…) “It shows that anything can happen. When you look at the Galaxy game, Puerto Rico got 4 shots and 4 goals. I’d much rather be in our position than the Galaxy’s position at this stage. It’s good for us to get a win and it’s good for the league, but mainly what we’re concerned with what’s good for us.”

(On substitutions…) “Our team has adjusted a little better to realizing that if you’re coming into the game as a sub, you can make an impact on the game and you want your subs to have an impact on the game. That’s something we talked about with our midfielders. I know Fredy was disappointed with not starting because he wanted to start, but he had his head about him, made good decisions when he came in, and he played with a lot of effort and enthusiasm and scored an important goal for our team. I knew coming in that it’d be hard to play all of our top players today, on Saturday, and then on Tuesday there, so we wanted certain guys like Fredy and Zakuani to play Saturday and then come back on Tuesday. Our subs have realized that they can have an impact and we’ve also told our players on the field that they have to get the subs involved when they get in the game. They have fresh legs, so get them involved.”

(On Michael Seamon…) “Michael for a first year player is a good player. He could have done a few things better tonight defensively, but offensively a good example is the ball he played over the top to Sanna. He has that type of ability and vision. As he continues to mature, he’ll get better and better. He has good physical qualities. He has a good mind for the game, he just has to learn when to go. The game sometimes comes to you. Not every game is the same. For him today, it was a midfield game where he got to see more of the ball.”

(On touches…) “I think some of our touches up front weren’t always the best. Sanna getting in twice really well in the first half and just that final pass and making that final decision has to get better. Metapan did a good job of getting numbers behind the ball and packing the defense and not getting themselves stretched too much defensively, so that made it a little tougher for us. You have to take your hat off to them because they made it difficult for us to win. We need to make it difficult for them when we go down there. We can always get better at that final pass. We can always get better at that final situations.”

(On needing players for short turnaround…) “We didn’t want to play [Blaise] Nkufo today because we want to make sure we don’t put him in a situation where we jeopardize an injury when coming back into fitness. [Patrick] Ianni didn’t suit tonight. We had some other guys on the bench. We have people there, certainly I’m not worried about that. Sometimes when you’re in the rhythm of playing, the games go. Players would rather get their fitness in games than in practice.”

(On Miguel Montano…) “Miguel is a young player who is very talented, but sometimes his performances go up and down. He’s had better performances than he had today. It was a case of wanting to get Zakuani on the field because he can get them wider and stretch them out a bit more. He’ll make his impact here down the line.”

(On the goal…) “I subbed him on and I just turned, so I didn’t see the shot. I saw the tail end of it. I saw the goalkeeper scrambling for it and have it spin off his hands and go in. I didn’t celebrate as much as I normally would do on a goal. That’s what happens. You take your eyes off him for a second and he scores a goal.”


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