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March 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Thursday

schmid mug.jpgNo player availability today, just coach Sigi Schmid. Here’s the transcript:

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(Does it feel like you’ve lost 3-5 games in a row, when you consider going back to last season?) “No. It feels like we haven’t won in our last two games because it’s the start of the season. People make streaks. If you ask Salt Lake, does it feel like they’re on a 15-game unbeaten streak? No, because they’ve played one game this season. I think that’s great for the media and that’s great for fans to keep track of, and somebody keeps a hold of that as a record, but at the end of the day it’s what you’ve done last week. You feel good or bad depending on your last performance, and you know you’re going to be judged by your next performance.”

(Has the team responded well this week?) “Yeah, I think it’s been good. I think the team has responded well. I thought training was good. Again, it was a short week for us because of the travel day and a day earlier with the game. But that’s OK. We got our work in. It’s good to get some guys back into the mix, like Zakuani, Evans and Jaqua. They were able to do a full week of training. I thought those were all positives.”

(Have any of those guys settled one way or the other in terms of availability?) “Yeah, pretty much so. I’m not going to give you our starting lineup at this stage, but I think they’ve shown themselves to be guys that we have to consider and have to look at in terms of the 18 and possibly even in the starting 11.”

(Safe to say Jaqua is suiting up?) “Safe to assume he’ll be suiting up for the game.”

(Same with Zakuani and Evans?) “I assume so.”

(But they’re more questionable?) “Yeah. I thought Noonan was going to suit up a week ago, or prior to our first game, and it turned out he didn’t suit up. Whenever guys are coming off an injury you never know when a relapse hits. I got my fingers crossed and we’re hopeful.”

(How are Fucito and Noonan recovering?) “Fucito is still a little bit away. And Noonan, it’s a day-by-day thing.”

(On the disgruntled Robbie Rogers, a former player of yours, possibly being on the market…) “That’s a question for Robert Warzycha and for Brian Bliss, because Robbie Rogers is a member of their team. If you’re not in the starting 11, there’s always going to be somebody who’s going to be upset or disgruntled — whatever team that is — because guys want to play. Guys want to get on the field. I’m not sure what’s going on in Columbus. I got to concentrate on what’s going here.”

(How has Rosales looked as he gets more time with the group?) “He looks alright. He fits into the group well. It’s a matter of keep getting his game legs under him. We’ll see what the opportunity brings with the game on Friday.”

(Any worry about the players pressing on Friday?) “The only concerns I have are not getting overly swayed by the outside influences. I think people have high expectations for our club and, as I’ve said, we’re a victim of our own success in that regard. As a result of that sometimes, people push the (panic) button real quick — “Oops!” — when we’ve lost two. Like I’ve said, there’s 96 points out there. There’s more than enough points that are there. The other teams at this stage: Is Chivas pushing the panic button? Is Columbus pushing the panic button? You can’t do that. You just got to go. You look at a body of time. When you get 4-5 games into it then you sit there and say, ‘Yeah, it’s either working or not working.’ But we haven’t been able to put our best 11 on the field yet. Once we get our best 11 on the field then we’ll also be better able to judge.”

(Could we see your best 11 come Friday night?) “Doubt it.”


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