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September 7, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Tuesday

(On Mike Seamon and James Riley, each suffered injuries in training) “You really don’t know. It all depends how things react, how things go over night. The turf was a little sticky today. James went over on his ankle. Mike got stuck a little bit, so it was a little bit more the knee. But I always view those things a little optimistically until I hear worse.”

(On Hurtado’s status) “He’s very strong physically. He’s got good musculature so as a result he looks to be fairly close. At the end of the day, the ACL — when you have that kind of surgery — it just takes ‘X’ amount of time to heal. Muscular-wise, you might feel after four months, ‘Hey, I can go.’ But really the ACL attachment hasn’t probably healed and fused together, so you increase the risk of re-tearing it. Right now, he’s a valuable player to our club and to our future and we want to make sure we give the ACL enough time to heal.”

(Is it a maybe that he’ll be back this year?) “He wouldn’t be back before the playoffs if he was back this year at all.”

(On Fucito being back) “He’s without restrictions, we’re just trying to build his fitness now. He came on, as you saw, in the game and played like the last 8-9 minutes and I thought he did all right. We just have to see how he proceeds. Right now, for him it’s just a matter of continuing to play, get timing and get fitness.”

(On RSL being different from the first meeting) “I don’t know if they’re that much different. Their style is really the same in terms of how they pinch their midfielders. I think Saborio has become a bigger part of their team at this stage. Early in the season he was working his way into the team. Now he’s definitely become their target, lead striker. Espindola and him have formed a good combination, so Findley plays a little bit less, but obviously he’s dangerous off the bench. They’re really a similar type of team, except it’s given them to gel with Saborio.”

(On Joseph’s strike to Ianni’s face going unpunished) “Apparently the only people who saw that were in Seattle because our broadcast on KONG showed it very clearly. When you look at the broadcast that the league used, which was the broadcast they used in New England, it was very unclear. You really couldn’t see anything, it was off to the edge of the picture. You just saw both of them eventually fall down but you couldn’t really tell what happened. We’re trying to get the league to look at our broadcast and then they can draw their own conclusions.”

(Intense training today result of a loss?) “No, we wanted to get some things done today for sure. We wanted to continue to work on our ball movement — that was the first drill we did where we quartered the field. We wanted to get some finishing done, so we got that. We wanted to remind our defenders about clearances, because we thought our inability or poor clearances for sure cost us the third goal, so we wanted to work on that. Five on five, goals in tight, if you ask any player that’s just fun. It’s intense, but it’s fun.”

(Allowing three goals in a row) “I think through 60 minutes we had the game pretty much in hand, then we woke up a sleeping dog. I think they were a sleeping dog and when the incident occurred between Ianni and Shalrie, then later the push on Montero that looked worse because we went flying into the boards and Montero had been pushed like that a couple times already by Alston and nothing (was called). So at that point it energized them, it motivated them, put them back into the game mentally. Then we gave up a bad first goal. We had a practice at it. That happened to me once at UCLA actually. We played Indiana in the semifinals and they had a free kick, crossed a free kick, the guy scored a header. The referee blew the whistle and said no goal because they took the free kick before he had blown the whistle. So they line up for the free kick again, hit the same free kick and score again — and you sort of get upset. So we clear one off the line, just moments earlier, you get the same throw in, same position, we make the same mistake and they end up scoring a goal. That’s what we were displeased with.”

(On the unbeaten streak ending) “We have to look at the body of our work. You can’t get hung up on one particular incident. This was one game and we came out on the short end of the game. Over the last two months, the body of our work has been pretty good. Since July 4th on it’s been very good. Now we have to get back to that. We know that we’re a good team. We know that we can play well, we just got to get back on the horse and ride out on the field again and make it happen.”

(On Nkufo’s health) “We’ll see how he got through practice today. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

(Same with Sturgis?) “Sturgis the same. Yeah.”


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