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August 16, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Monday

(On conditions affecting Thursday’s game) “It’s going to be the same or similar to what it was in El Salvador. It’s going to be hot. It’s going to be humid. It’s going to be wet, with a little bit of rain.”

(On Fredy Montero and Steve Zakuani) “It’s sort of a day to day thing with both of them. Fredy obviously today we wanted to keep him away from impacts and things like that, but his quad is coming along and we think he is OK. He hasn’t had any real symptoms, so we think he’s OK that way. Steve it’s just we wanted to see what he could do today and see how he responds tomorrow.”

(Does MLS have standards like the NFL on head injuries?) “Yeah we have standards in terms of the medical staff has their standards. You’ve got to be symptom-free for ‘X’ amount of time. Is it your first? Is it your second? All those things change the standards. All the players have a baseline impact study test that they’ve all done when they were supposedly sane. So they’ve all done those impact study tests and that’s always a measure that they go back to and see how the players tests in comparison to his score before.”

(Is Montero both head and leg questionable?) “Yeah, but all his head stuff is he hasn’t really had any symptoms. He did the impact study test this morning and we don’t know the result yet on that.”

(Can you appeal the Leo Gonzalez red card, or is it difficult because it’s not a case of mistaken identity?) “I don’t know what the appeal process really is in the league. Generally they only allow you to appeal if it’s mistaken identity. I think it was a mistaken decision. When you swing I guess you get a red card. When you get hit, you get a red card. I don’t know. I’ve asked them to look at the replays to see it. It was a situation where I think the referees all consulted, including the fourth official, and I think the person with the best view didn’t let his feelings be known strongly enough and the person with maybe the worst view is the one who ended up making the call on the play.”

(On excitement in playing CCL) “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our club. For our players, it gives them an opportunity to get exposure internationally. For the first time in Honduras for many of our guys, guys on our team who have aspirations of maybe one day going on to play for the national teams of their respective countries. Anytime you get into international competition it allows that national team coach to see how you measure up, how you deal playing away from home, how you deal playing against foreign competition. So I think there are so many pluses to it. As a club, we want to go as far as we can in every competition we enter and we view it as an honor and we view it as a privilege, not as a burden.”

(How common is it for ownership to pay for a charter, like they have here?) “It all depends on the circumstances. Toronto went charter when they played down there. It’s just a difficult place to get into. Our ownership has been very good by helping us out a couple of times, the Open Cup final last year, and now with this one this year. We’re very appreciative of our ownership and we’re very happy to have an ownership that’s willing to do that for the team to be successful.”

(These CCL charters are independent of league charter rules?) “Yeah, in terms of using charters for these games, I believe the league rules don’t apply, but Adrian would know for sure.”

(Thoughts on what this team did during the transfer window) “I think we were good. Obviously adding Nkufo up front. Even though he doesn’t have a goal yet he’s still a very key player and important player for us. Then the addition of Fernandez has already paid big dividends with the couple of goals he has gotten. I think we were able to make a couple of good additions that have helped our team and we also got ourselves on a roll a little bit in July and August. Now we just have to continue to go forward and build on that.”

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