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October 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM

SSFC coach Sigi Schmid quotes on Tuesday (lederhosen?)

(On weather conditions . . .) “Obviously it’s really nice in Southern California. My wife told me it’s like 80 degrees right now. It is sometimes tougher when you come from heat into cold just because you’re a little cold but also when you go from cold to warm it’s tougher because you feel like it’s harder to run or something because it’s warmer. It is what it is. It’s the playoffs and right now are those little edges going to make a difference? If they do, that means that we’re not a very strong team and they are not a very strong team. But we are both good teams and we are both strong teams so those little things aren’t going to bother either team.”

(On starting lineup . . .) “It definitely helps us to put out the same group because the group starts to know each other. You saw the development of the relationship in midfield between [Osvaldo] Alonso and [Nathan] Sturgis start to be really good. [Sanna] Nyassi knowing when to put him into play and make him be effective and same thing with [Steve] Zakuani. Everybody grows more comfortable with each other. They know where Blaise [Nkufo] is going to pop up. Being able to have the same team out there definitely helps you become a lot more homogeneous as you play.”

(On the matchup with L.A. Galaxy . . .) “Obviously they have got a couple of DPs. [David] Beckham is the biggest DP in this league and was a big signing for this league and so that’s always going to be translated to the Galaxy. Landon Donovan is considered the best American player. I don’t care if they are the star-studded team. For us, it’s just important to play well and advance beyond this series.”

(On difference between this matchup and the two previous meetings . . .) “It’s a lot different from our side of the equation. We’re a much different team than we played them in the last two league games. The composition of our team is different. I think the way our team plays is a little bit different as well. So from that standpoint I think we are a lot different. I think they are not so much different, even though they have got the addition of [David] Beckham, but the rest of it is pretty similar. If they are healthy they put out a pretty similar team.”

(On L.A.’s counterattacking ability) “You just have to be careful. I think early in the season L.A. had a lot of success when they played very defensive and just looked to counter attack on the odd occasion. When they counter attack and you have guys like Buddle and you have guys like Donovan and then you have someone like Beckham who can deliver a ball you become very dangerous. It’s important for us not to get caught up in the hurrah of going forward and expose ourselves in the back. I feel confident we can do that and L.A.’s also a good enough team that they’ll try and knock it around and put pressure on you. But they had a lot of success early in the year sitting back a little bit and counter attacking, sitting back and absorbing pressure and counter attacking. Obviously that’s something we expect a little bit.”

(Flaco coming off early, that or any other concerns?) “No. Boss was supposed to be there (on the side). Flaco just took a little bit of a knock yesterday at practice, so again, we’re just trying to be precautious. There’s no need to push it today. Tomorrow’s an off day and hopefully he’ll be OK on Thursday.”

(On Bruce Arena . . .) “We have faced each other in league games but I think this is the first time either in college or in the pros that we’ve actually coached against each other in the playoffs. I don’t think we have ever coach against each other in any NCAA playoffs or MLS playoffs, I think.”

(Is that surprising?) “He was the East Coast guy and I was the West Coast guy and then he decided he didn’t like it on the East Coast and came west. Now we have a better chance of meeting each other. It’s good. He’s obviously a premier coach and has accomplished a lot as a coach. He is probably considered America’s best coach based on what he did with the World Cup team, the titles he won with Virginia, et cetera, and early on in our league. It’s fun to coach against a coaching legend like that.”

(On his Halloween costume . . .) “The number one choice that I saw on the blogs was lederhosen. My dad is coming back from Germany tonight so he has got a pair of lederhosen. Unfortunately they don’t fit me so that would be an ugly look for all of us to have. I might have to go up to Leavenworth tomorrow on the off day and see if I can pick some up.”


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