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September 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Thursday

(On winning game against Marathon) “Anytime you win games it’s always a positive. It was an opportunity for the players who don’t play as much to show. Like we have always talked about, winning breeds winning. I think for our team it was important to show that we are capable of winning in the Champions League, that we are capable of beating teams from there. I wish our schedule had been better, wish we had done better, but for sure it helps our confidence.”

(On Pat Noonan and Mike Fucito) “Noonan had surgery so he should be back on Saturday. Fucito’s x-rays were negative so it’s just how he responds to treatment.”

(On Terry Boss stepping in) “It’s been good for Terry to get games. He’s gotten in these last two games, that’s important, and he’s got the next one coming up as well in this competition. You can train all you want and learn a lot from training, you can learn a lot from watching Kasey, but at the end of the day you have to put that into action by getting games. It was good to get him some.”

(Does it help him being called up for nat’l team duty?) “It depends on the competition you’re playing. I think it would’ve been certainly easier for us to be able keep him here, but they have a legitimate FIFA competition. I don’t know who they’re playing. Saint Martins? Is that going to be something where you’re going to out-shoot the opponent 30-0. If you out-shoot the opponent 30-0 it’s not going to be a game that helps him, per se. For sure as they advance through and move on and continue to play better and better games, those games are going to be a big plus for him as well.”

(What’s the status on the emergency goalkeeper coming in?) “We’re formalizing that still. The league has several goalkeepers, we’ve asked for a specific league goalkeeper, so I think it’s almost worked out. I don’t know; you’ll have to ask Chris.”

(Would larger rosters fix GK depth issues next year?) “Probably, because most of the teams will carry three. But there’s going to be a time where maybe two of your three are injured. The league has some goalkeepers. I think we need to do a better job of who we’re signing as league goalkeepers to make sure the quality is a little bit better, per se. Although the quality is good in some and average in others.”

(Is it tough to not look ahead to the Open Cup?) “Yeah, you sort of catch yourself wanting to look ahead but Toronto is a big game. We know we still want the points there. We are playing at home. We have got two of our last four at home in league. If we can win both home games we feel pretty good. We get to that total of 45 [points]. We’re at 39 now, so winning those two home games gets us to what I think is the magic number that puts you in for sure without any doubts in anybody’s mind and winning home games is key to that.”

(Is excitement building for the Open Cup final?) “Yeah, I think these next three games are exciting because they are challenges and that’s what you play for. That’s the reason you train all the time is to be in situations like that. If you trained all the time just to play in meaningless games it wouldn’t be a lot of fun.”

(On Vagenas being able to play last night and the decision to keep him on IR, what that a numbers thing or a health thing?) “It was a little bit of both. He’s still only about what he played last night: 30 minutes fit, 35 minutes fit. We weren’t sure if he was going to get to be 90 minutes fit. Peter unfortunately — and I think the world of Peter as a player, obviously sometimes more than some of our fans or other people do — it’s just been a situation where it seems like every time he’s gotten on the field and has played two or three times in a row it seems a different injury pops up. We’ve had to look at that objectively over the last two years as well and make a decision that was best for the team.”


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