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March 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Sounders FC quote sheet: Schmid, White and Neagle

Here’s some material gathered after Wednesday’s training session…

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SIGI SCHMID, head coach

(Anything stand out about the game after watching the tape or was it how you remembered it?) “It’s a little bit how I remembered it. I thought we had six very quality chances. They had I think three quality chances: Donovan’s shot, Beckham — the one he hooked over — and the goal. There was another look by Juninho, but overall I thought we had a little bit more of the game. Our league is a league where the team that usually has more possession loses because it’s a counter-attacking league. That’s the way they are set-up to play. They counter-attack very well but I thought on the day we did more than enough to come out with a result. But we have got to finish our chances and we got to keep them off the board. At the worst we should have came out 0-0.”

(How difficult is it only having today and Friday, the day before a game, to train?) “It’s a pain because obviously the guys who played last night can’t really train today and tomorrow we fly — so we get no training tomorrow — and so those guys get basically one light training day before we play. You’ve got to talk about things more. You’ve got to do things a little bit more on the board. You can’t do things as much on the field but, like I said, that’s the way the schedule is so we’ve got to deal with it.”

(How do you prepare for New York Red Bulls and who are some players you’re concerned with?) “Obviously Dane Richards is always a guy you got to worry about because of his pace. Thierry Henry has now been there for a preseason so he’s acclimated to the league and to his team so he is going to have a bigger impact than he did probably at the end of last year — plus he’s not hurt. Lindpere was a very good player for them last year. He’s a guy you have got to be aware of because he’s got a major shot and he’s got a way of sneaking into the box. There are some other guys as well. They are also a very good passing team out of the middle of the back with Marquez in the back now so that makes them a very good build-up team.”

(On Marquez, a Mexican national, mentoring Ream, a prospective American national…) “That’s just the way international soccer is nowadays. It’s a situation where in every country you go to you’re going to have somebody. You got Vidic playing next to Rio Ferdinand, representing two different countries. It happens all the time now. If Ream can learn things and he can apply those things that he learns and put them to use with the national team — if that’s the way it ends up, it’s good for us.”

(Any updates on Brad Evans or Pat Noonan?) “Obviously they both did more today so we’ll see how they came through today and we’ll make a decision. If the game was tomorrow neither of them would play but we go to see. The game is on Saturday. Is it worth taking them along to see how they do with another two days of rest and are either of them able to play? That’s a decision that we’ve got to make this afternoon.”

(Other injury concerns?) “Aside from Fucito, Seamon and Jaqua, everybody else is the same.”

(Noonan’s injury was a bit of a surprise…) “Yeah, it came as a surprise to us, too.”

(On Lamar Neagle earning playing time) “He’s a versatile guy. He’s played on the flank for us. He’s played up front for us as well. We just thought with us taking OB out we wanted somebody who was a little bit bigger. Lamar’s actually pretty good in the air. He gets up in the air well and we knew he had the speed that he could stretch the defense. We felt he was the choice to come with there. He’s obviously been pretty consistent in training and works hard everyday, so that’s good.”

O’BRIAN WHITE, forward

(What was yesterday like?) “It was a good feeling to step out there starting the first game. It was good to be out there and getting a lot of support from the fans, just unlucky the result didn’t go our way. But we put in effort and just have to move forward from there.”

(Is life different for you as the starter?) “Even when you’re on a team and not starting, you always want to be a starter. You always work hard to try and start. Being a starter will just motivate me to work harder to keep being a starter. That’s what the business is about, especially when you’re on a team that has a lot of depth. You have to work hard to be a starter.”

(How do you weigh the positive of creating chances and the negative of missing them?) “I think it was very unfortunate we didn’t score. We came close. I think sometimes you have to take the positive from the negative. We created chances so eventually we’d love to get the goal. If we weren’t creating chances there’d be more to worry about. Sometimes the ball is not going to bounce your way; sometimes they don’t. Hopefully, in New York a few will bounce our way.”

(How difficult is this short turnaround to New York?) “It’s hard, but you just got to take care of your body and make sure you get your rest. Regeneration was good; it was nice to get a sweat. Now we got a long flight to New York and rest the body.”

(Everyone knows Nkufo is gone now. Is there more pressure on you?) “I just come here to work. Whether if Blaise is here or not I just work hard to play. When you play there’s going to be expectations, no matter what. If you have any kind of job there’s going to be expectations. I just look at it like, yeah, there’s going to be pressure and expectations, but in this job you have to be able to handle the pressure.”

LAMAR NEAGLE, forward/midfielder

(Made the debut yesterday, when did you have an idea you might be going in?) “Not until it happened. You never know. I’ve been on the bench before and warmed up for a whole half. With only seven subs you got to be ready, but it wasn’t really that big of an adrenaline rush this time. I’ve played here before and played against Colorado here, so it wasn’t too new for me. But it was nice.”

(Looked like you got involved a few times, how do you think it went?) “I thought it went OK. It’s always tough for a sub to come in late in the game and do much, but I was just trying to work as hard as I could. I tried to get on the end of something and tried to do a few things here and there, crossing, some headers. I thought I did alright.”

(Was it a moment of pride for you, getting on the field after last year?) “Yeah, just to be back and play in the opener was definitely a huge thing, especially for family and friends seeing me back home and doing well.”


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