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September 8, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Wednesday

(On Sanna coming back, how’d he say the trip went?) “It was good. Flight connections caused a delay for him to return by a day. Sometimes when you’re going that far, it happens. He didn’t play in the game; he was happy that they won. It was good win for them and he feels all right. Sanna never has trouble sleeping so he probably slept enough hours on the flight.”

(On injury updates) “Obviously Seamon was fine. He was out there and did all of training. Sturgis got through fine, so he’s in. Jaqua’s fine. For us Riley is much improved over yesterday but probably not enough where he can play. They put him on a crutch yesterday, today he was walking without it. The x-rays were negative so it’s just a matter of a week to three weeks, but he’s a pretty quick healer. I think there’s a shot by the time we play Columbus for him.”

(And Blaise?) “Blaise is still being bothered a little bit by the knee. He gets seen again by the doctor this afternoon.”

(So Riley’s is a sprain?) “Yeah.”

(On RSL legitimizing ’09 title with ’10 form) “I think winning the MLS Cup last year gave them confidence. They got in as the last-seed team. To win any competition, you need to have a break go your way here and there. Just like in the Open Cup for us, our first game with penalties against Portland that could’ve gone either way. They got fortunate on their game as well, got through on penalties and it gave them confidence. They were a quality team. They were building the team. They have a good addition in Saborio, as a forward, who’s done very well for them. The team stayed pretty much intact so they got another year of playing together. When you look at their team, Morales is in his third or fourth year with the team. So you look Morales, you look Espindola now, you look at Beckerman, you look at Wingert, you look at Olave, you look at Borchers, and Russell I think now is in his third year. They have all been together three years and that’s what it takes. It’s the same thing that happened to me in Columbus where the team then understood each other and you didn’t make a lot of changes. You had quality players and the players got to understand each other and know where each other would be on the field. Their starting lineup has been pretty consistent. So they’re at that stage now. They grew into that stage because they kept the team together.”

(On possibility of being last team into the playoffs) “Getting into the playoffs is good enough. It’s like you can’t date the prettiest girl at the dance unless you get invited to the dance. So it doesn’t matter if you’re the last one at the dance or the first one there, you still have a shot. For us, it’s the same thing. Just getting to the playoffs is what we need to do, what we want to do. We are not that concerned with positioning or match-ups or who we are going to play after that. It’s just a matter of making sure we play a good game at home and that we play one really, really, really solid game on the road and we can get ourselves into the MLS Cup final.”

(On Thursday’s game being on national television, does it add anything?) “Yeah, I think all of the guys know because their friends will be watching all across the country. Although it’s on pretty late on the East Coast, but for all the insomniacs there it’s a good occasion. I think the guys know it’s something everybody is watching. A lot of the other players in the league are watching, so it’s sort of a showcase game for them.”

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