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July 29, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Sigi Schmid and Kasey Keller talk about Alvaro Fernandez

Sigi Schmid – Head Coach

(On the signing) “Obviously we are very pleased to have him here. Alvaro is coming off the World Cup, having started a game in there and coming off the bench for three more games besides that. He is young. He is a guy who his best soccer is still ahead of him, which is always nice when you can bring players like that into the league. He is also a player who can play on the flank. He can play pretty much anywhere in midfield. He is pretty much a two-way guy. He’s got good pace and I think he will adjust to the league quickly.”

(On when Fernandez will play) “It’s just a matter of, obviously he is signed, getting his ITC and so forth so we want to have that happen as soon as possible.”

(On getting young quality in MLS) “It’s great when we can do that, just like Nery Castillo in Chicago. This as well. I think if we can show ourselves to be a viable league to bring in players like that and they are going to continue to grow and continue to develop. Obviously if he does well then one day he might move on but then that opens up the door for the next guy to do the same thing. I just think when you get players at that age and at that level it just shows that you are a more viable league, that you are higher up in that pecking order across the world.”

KASEY KELLER

(What do you know about him?) “I know what you guys know, that he was in the Uruguayan squad for the World Cup and got a little bit of playing time, was playing in Chile. It’s one of those situations where he looks like on paper a good signing and we just have to wait and see how he fits in to this group and this squad and how he plays. But he looks solid.”

(On adding another World Cup player) “It’s only important if it works. We get a little bit ahead of ourselves sometimes in talking about players before they’ve actually done anything for the team. There’s no question that there’s some great background there. Blaise, we’ve only seen him in one game, he’s come into the locker room and the squad and has really meshed extremely well. Obviously time will tell with Alvaro, he needs to learn English. There’s a few guys on this team we need to get on a little bit for their English skills. (laughs) I know I got a lot of crap in Germany for not speaking good enough German. What’s cool is we also have a lot of guys who can speak Spanish, at least to a conversational level. So on that side of it he’ll adapt quite quickly, and that’s just key. Obviously it’s about continuing to win games on the field. The last five or six games we’ve seen a significant turnaround in our form, and that needs to keep going. Sometimes you bring in guys thinking it’s going to take you that little bit further, and then sometimes it disrupts that. I don’t see that here, I think these guys are going to mesh really well with the team.”

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