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August 31, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Tuesday

(On the new turf in the rain) “It puddled up a little bit. I’m not a turf expert, but apparently the static has to be broken down or something like that, so they’re going to do something. Hopefully the rain will stay away tomorrow and keep the puddles away.”

(On troubles with Chivas USA) “It’s a different Chivas under Preki versus a Chivas under Martin Vasquez. We’ve played against Martin Vasquez’s team once and that’s the team we’re preparing for. I thought we possessed the ball all right down in L.A. and we didn’t get a goal and neither did they. It was just one of those things, I think. Against the Preki teams, just like in Toronto, they end up getting a little piece of you. They foul you, they break up the rhythm of the game, they make it difficult to play. So we have to do better against that type of team. But Chivas under Martin doesn’t play like that.”

(Are you thinking about New England when you’re deciding the lineup for Wednesday?) “No, we’re not thinking like that. If we think a guy’s ready, we’re going to play him. We’re looking at situations, ‘OK this guy has done well in training. It’s pretty close between these two guys. Maybe this guy, whatever, has got a knock or is maybe a little fatigued, so we’re going to make a change there.’ But in general we’re going to play the guys who are ready and able and healthy and well. It’s going to be our best team that we put out there.”

(Do you think Chivas will do the same thing?) “Yeah, I think they’ll do the same thing. D.C. United against Columbus rested a bunch of guys on Sunday to be able to do this. Chivas, I think, came more with their first team. This for them is big. It’s an opportunity for them to get a trophy, they don’t have one so this is a game that’s very important and you can expect them pretty much bringing their starting lineup. I heard that (Osael) Romero, who got called into El Salvador, is not going in until after our game. So obviously they want to have all hands on deck.”

(Difficult to play a team struggling in league play as they put all their chips into this one?) “Every game is difficult. Every time you step on the field it’s difficult because the parity of the league is so close and teams are just so close. You have to be sharp in order to get the points and in order to get the games you want to win. Certainly a team like them who in their history hasn’t won a trophy at this stage, to be into semifinal, they’re going to be a hungry team. It’s going to come from the front office on down, ‘This is a chance. We’re in the semifinal, we’re one game away from getting in the final, two games away from having a trophy.’ So they’re going to be a hungry team.”

(On Sanna Nyassi’s call up) “It’s great for him. It’s a good reward. Certainly on how he’s played lately, he deserves it. He’s got an opportunity to play in qualifying games here for the African Nations Cup and those are important games for their country. We’re happy for him, (but) we’re missing him. We certainly could use him here. He always plays well on this particular field playing here at Starfire. For him I think it’s a great reward and for him to put himself back in the picture there is good.”

(On the soccer gods not wanting Sanna and his twin brother Sainey to play against each other on the same field) “Or something. (laughs) His brother will be there with him, so they’ll be hanging with each other. We’ve always thought if you could have them on the same team, you just play one of them the first half and have the second one wear the same number and play the second half. No one would ever know or be the wiser. Then you could sub him back on as well.”


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