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October 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Monday

(On Patrick Ianni . . .) “We just held him out today more as a precaution. His ankle is not really swollen very bad but there’s no reason to push him right now into Tuesday’s game.”

(On CONCACAF Champions League . . .) “Our obligation is to ourselves. Every time we step on the field we want to win. The team we put on the field against Marathon certainly won. It’s not like that team is going to be much different in this game. We are not trying to shirk our responsibility. We are committed to winning every time we step on the field. It’s a great learning experience for our team but we also have to be smart on the same token and not play injured players. So that’s an important part and not overwork our players at this stage in the season.”

(On possibility of finishing third in Group C . . .) “I don’t think we are a last place team. I know that’s what the standings say but I don’t think we are a last place team. So it would be nice not to finish in last but it is what it is. We are not going to advance. It doesn’t matter where we end up since we are not advancing. All that matters is that we learn from this year and we need to incorporate our lessons into next year when we play in the Champions League again.”

(On Fredy Montero’s unavailability for Saturday . . .) “It affects our starting lineup for Saturday. You could probably see Montero playing a few minutes whereas maybe he would’ve played less minutes or no minutes tomorrow. He is definitely going to play some.”

(On date of home playoff game . . .) “That’s really more a question for the league and for the guys who are higher up than me to really answer that question. I know it’s not ideal, playing on Halloween. I hope our fans show up. It’s OK with me if they show up in costume. I’ll be OK with that. If they want me to be in costume on the sideline to make sure they show up, I’ll do that. I don’t think I want to be a ballerina or I don’t think I’ll be Lady Gaga. But, I mean, whatever it takes. I think we have worked too hard this season. We have got a home playoff game, which is something that is very important to our team but it’s also very important to our fan base. Maybe we can just put a notice out that trick or treating is going to be delayed a little bit in the Seattle area on Sunday night.”

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