I was working on a special project this afternoon for a story in the works, so I missed parts of the group interviews with coach Sigi Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer today.
Along with these team provided quotes, I’m told Schmid confirmed that Tyrone Marshall is suspended for Wednesday’s game with Monterrey due to yellow card accumulation and midfielder Steve Zakuani’s status remains uncertain.
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(On how the team looks) “Good. Last week was a busy week with the travel and everything else. We had some days off. Monday there are always little kinks to work out when you have been off a couple of days. But today I thought they looked sharp in the work that we did, the passing that we did, the set pieces as well. So we are ready for tomorrow.”
(On Monterrey’s style of play) “The style is not really that much different than what they play in Central America. It’s just of better quality because they pay a lot of money in that league. Their players get paid well. … There are a lot of good players in the Mexican league because they pay good money and certainly Monterrey has good quality on their team.”
(On importance of tomorrow’s match) “It’s an important game because I think the guys always get up for something that involves the U.S. against Mexico. I think those are things that the fans look at maybe more so sometimes than we look at it but it’s certainly a benchmark in that regard from the fan perspective. For us, it’s all about getting to the next round and winning our home games, whether it’s Monterrey, Saprissa or Marathon. It doesn’t make a difference. We need to try and win our home games.”