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February 9, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Sigi Schmid quotes after training game + video highlights

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Sounders FC played to a 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake in a training game Tuesday down in Casa Grande, Arizona. Fredy Montero converted a late penalty-kick to prevent the loss; O’Brian White and Lamar Neagle also scored. Be sure to check out the team report, with lineups and everything.

Here are some postgame quotes from coach Sigi Schmid, courtesy of the club. Video highlights available after the jump:

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(On the training game…) “It was good. We wanted to see some guys who we are trying to make decisions on get a few more minutes today, especially because we trained pretty hard yesterday in the two sessions. We decided to rest a couple of guys like [Brad] Evans and [Michael] Seamon and not play some guys a lot of minutes like [James] Riley and [Steve] Zakuani. Overall I thought the young guys did well against a very experienced team. They sort of held their own, came up with some big saves by Terry Boss in that period, but I thought we held our own and did alright. Obviously then the last period was sort of the reverse. It was our first team against their guys and they end up scoring two really good goals. We ended up scoring two goals and we probably deserved one or two more based on the run. But it was a fair result and we saw what we needed to see.”

(On the Sounders FC younger players…) “They work really hard. The thing you know is they realize their backs are against the wall so they bring a lot of energy and they are going to work really hard. Obviously you want to see the quality as well as the work and you see some of that as well. Lamar Neagle scores a good goal in that combination. Danny Earls has shown himself to be a very feisty, competitive left back and has done well in those areas. Servando Carrasco can still learn a lot from Ozzie [Osvaldo Alonso] but he’s got a competitive nature and strikes a good ball. He’s going against [Javier] Morales, that’s not an easy guy to say, ‘Go ahead and play 60 minutes there,’ and he did and he played well.”

(On Erik Friberg…) “Erik is certainly, without [Brad] Evans last year and I think Nate Sturgis played really well for us last year and does what Nate Sturgis does, but Erik Friberg is more a player in the mold of Evans where he is going to fill the gap, he is going to make those runs forward and that’s something that Erik certainly did. That helps us and that creates some things. He missed on a couple of passes but the ball he hit inside to O’Brian [White] was a good ball and you’ll see those things. And if we got Evans and him out there on the field together that could be really exciting.”

(On O’Brian White…) “He scored a goal. He is big and strong and once he gets a guy on his hip it’s tough for them to get the ball off of him. He’s still working into his fitness, that’s why we kept him today at 30 minutes but I think once he recovers and once his legs really get under him I think he is going to be somebody, like I said earlier, we are going to have more joy on him as we move forward in Seattle. But he is certainly playing well. He scored a goal again today so that’s a good thing.”

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