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October 4, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Monday

(Does the 4-0 score in the previous meeting register with either team?) “I think it does register. It certainly gives us some confidence. Like I said before, they’re a good team. They’re a proud team and that score is going to piss them off, to put it bluntly. They’re a team that’s going to want to come out and say, ‘That’s not a reflection of our abilities.’ And it isn’t because they’re too good a team.”

(On travel woes being on the other foot with Columbus coming in here, did they play a second XI on Saturday in the buildup?) “No, they pretty much played their first XI. They played a second XI when they went down to Mexico, but they pretty much played their first XI on Saturday with maybe one or two exceptions. Travel has certainly been an issue for us. When you watched the Toronto-Salt Lake game, all they talked about was Salt Lake’s travel issues. They had issues, we’ve had issues too. It’s nice for us to be able to be at home. We haven’t been at home for this length of time in a long time.”

(Are you going in with the presumption that the winner gets a CCL berth?) “That’s the way it worked last year. You never know with U.S. Soccer and with MLS, the rules sometimes. I remember an old coach a long time ago said it was basically Rule d’Jour — Rule of the Day. So we’ll see what happens. I think it’s something where in a lot of the competitions in Europe, the ones who win the cup qualify themselves for either Europa League or maybe not Champions League, but they qualify for something. To have the Open Cup champion qualify gives meaning to the tournament. If you don’t have a qualification attached to it, it takes a little more away from the tournament and I think it’s at a time where we have got to add some prestige to the tournament and having qualification adds some prestige.”

(Who gets to wear yellow tomorrow?) “We’re going to be in the electricity, so they’re going to be in black.”

(On availability of Terry Boss) “I spoke to his coach yesterday. They have a game tonight and they are going to allow him to fly out tomorrow morning. So barring any problems either in the game tonight or airplane or connection problems, we expect him to be here.”

(How’s Fucito’s injury progressing?) “It’s progressing well. He just hasn’t been able to train full out since Saturday. We’ll see tomorrow and make a final decision, but it’s probably more difficult for him to play tomorrow than it would be for Saturday.”

(On team’s excitement for the Open Cup final) “There is for me. I hope they are excited. As I have always said, it’s always special when you can do something that is unique and that’s different and can set yourself apart from the group and we have that opportunity tomorrow. Nobody has defended this title in a long time. Being able to step up and do that after a 27 or 28 year gap is something that is definitely special for our team and we look forward to it.”

(On previous issues with PKs and approaching that possibility?) “I worry about that with about five minutes to go in overtime. We had no problem taking penalty kicks in Portland. We’ve had issues scoring penalties in MLS games for some reason, but we didn’t have any problems in Portland. I have thoughts and I have an idea, but sometimes you don’t know who’s on the field at the end of the game. Sometimes you don’t know who’s maybe carrying an injury. Sometimes guys are so fatigued they don’t feel they want to hit it. There are different reasons for maybe why a guy steps up or doesn’t step up at the end of the game, but it’s a decision I usually make with five minutes to go.”

(On international rule limit affecting things) “We obviously have seven international players so we have to decide which two aren’t going to be part of the group. So that’s my secret.”


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