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August 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Sounders FC 0, CF Monterrey 2 — Sigi Schmid quotes

SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC coach

(General comments…) “I don’t think we played that poorly. I thought we created some chances. Obviously final passes, final-third play, they were a little more clinical than we were — finished their chances well. Sanna (Nyassi) would be making a lot of money right now if he could finish his chances. We had him in twice, we had (Mike) Seamon in naked, we scored a good goal at the end. I don’t know what the call was because Montero was not offside. I just watched the replay and neither was Jaqua because he was behind the ball. I don’t know what the call was there, you got to ask the referees. Again, it’s what we do in the final third. Sometimes we get a little too small with our passing. We get too tight; we have to open it up a little bit. Overall, I thought in terms of moving the ball up the field, I thought we did a good job. I thought we created things. Certainly we don’t have to hide from playing them.”

(On margin for error in CCL now…) “It all depends on how the group goes. You have to see what the result is of the other game. You never know. It can sometimes be less or more, but obviously it’s disappointing losing at home, especially in game that we probably played well enough to get more. It is what it is, so we have to accept the reality and deal with it.”

(On the team’s finishing, having out-shot Monterrey 17-7…) “For sure their forwards make a lot more money than our forwards do. I think de (Aldo) Nigris makes a lot of money and (Humberto) Suazo, if he were to play, makes a lot of money. Obviously finishing is something that we work on all the time in training, but as I said, if our guys could clinically finish they probably wouldn’t be playing with our team maybe right now. Sometimes we had some good opportunities. Montero had a good shot the goalkeeper made a good save on. The goalkeeper kicked his leg out and made the save on Seamon’s shot. Some days it goes like that for you, but we continue to work on it. We continue to work on finishing, we continue to work on shooting, we continue to work on goals in tight, so it’s something that you practice all the time.”

(On Montero’s performance) “It was OK. At times they collapsed around him fairly well and took away his time and space a little bit. I don’t think we got enough movement off of him to where he can play the ball away quickly enough. It’s a matter of whether of, is he taking an extra touch because he doesn’t have an option? Is he taking an extra touch because maybe he needs to play it a bit sooner? It was a little bit of both. They certainly collapsed around him and make it difficult for him to play and they did a good job that way.”

(On Monterrey’s goals…) “The second goal was one where, was he offside or wasn’t he? I think it was close and he was on probably on, but I thought we made a mistake trying to trap. I think we should’ve stayed with him. It’s a little similar for the first goal where, even though the ball got deflected, you think it’s going one way and so you take a step that way and now you lose the guy by a step. We talked about it before the game, makeing sure you run with players off 1-2s and making sure that you’re honest and run with your guys. We were a step behind on the first one and we stepped up to trap on the second one and shouldn’t have.”

(On the Nkufo-Jaqua sub, was Nkufo hurt?) “No that was something we had talked about. Blaise and I and Nate had talked about it. We said we’ll go Blaise 45 minutes today and we go Jaqua 45 today and try to stay active and fresh up front. We have a lot of games coming up. Chicago on Saturday and then we got Chivas and then we go to New England. Our next six games are all on turf, so we want to make sure that guys get through that stretch.”

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