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September 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Tuesday

(On Pat Noonan’s absence) “Noonan is in Colorado having surgery today. He’s got a hip situation. The MRI was a little inconclusive so we don’t quite know if it’s the same thing that Freddie Ljungberg had – the labrum tear – or if it’s just an impingement there. But that’s going to be gone in surgically today. ”

(Will the Monterrey-Saprissa game tonight affect your lineup choices?) “It’ll affect some of our choices for sure. If Saprissa get a point, obviously that eliminates us from the Champions League so we’ll make certain decisions. If Saprissa loses the game then there’s still a great opportunity for us and it’ll probably affect our 18. It might not affect our starting lineup as much as it affects our 18.”

(Did you know you’d be alive even with a loss in the last CCL game?) “Yeah, we knew that if Monterrey won out we would still have an opportunity. Like I said in the Champions League, we have just been disappointed because we have played four games and we have had to play three away and every away game we felt we were there to win the game. A red card, a 5-minute meltdown, giving away a questionable penalty kick in Honduras, so our luck hasn’t broken for us there, but our luck stayed with us in league play. You make your own luck by continuing to push and battle and we have done that and I think that’s why we have gotten some good fortune in league.”

(Will motivation be an issue in CCL games?) “No, I don’t think it’s an issue because depending on the result tonight the guys either know they have a chance to advance or guys are out there playing, saying ‘Hey coach, look at me. I want you to notice me. I want to be the guy who you can rely on as you move forward and who you can look to.’ You look at a kid, for example, like Fucito, who scored that early goal for us against K.C. and then was out injured for the longest time. And now Fucito obviously drew a lot of attention to himself by being the main guy involved in those two goals down in Monterrey. It’s like, ‘Hey coach, you got to take a look at me. I’m an alternative for you.’ ”

(On Mike Fucito’s comeback) “He has a nickname — I won’t mention it — but he’s like a bulldog when he is on the field. He has got that low center of gravity. He has got that powerful build. He’s an unrelenting competitor and he’s just going to make your life difficult for you as a defender. He’s one of those guys, a little bit in a different way, but a little bit like Brian Mullan, who I had in L.A. and just went from Houston to Colorado. A lot of times as a defender when you steal a ball from an attacker you say, ‘OK, I can put it in cruise control because this guy is not going to chase me.’ With Fucito, you can’t ever do that. You can’t be in cruise control around him because he’s always going 100 miles an hour.”

(How much will your lineup v. Marathon be about match-ups?) “Not so much. They say they play four in the back but they play more like three in the back and they bomb their right back forward all the time. We haven’t overly thought that one because we felt there are a lot of spaces for us to attack wide. We didn’t have Nyassi in the game down there. We thought that hurt us a little bit. So having somebody who is out there who can play on the right and get after them on the right. That was also a game where Roger Levesque made a lot of runs forward, got the goal but also had some good chances and made some good hard runs that we were unfortunate with. We think whoever we are going to put in there is going to be able to deal with it tactically. We just got to make sure we keep certain guys in check from them and take care of our business.”

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