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April 10, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Sunday

schmid mug.jpgSunday was the first day-after-a-win in a while for Sounders FC. And less than 24 hours after the breakthrough win, coach Sigi Schmid (right) was ready to move forward. He took a good, long look at the intersquad scrimmage before having a chat with a small group of reporters.

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(How was the night’s sleep?) “Better. Obviously better. Whenever you win a game it’s a little bit better. Like I say, ‘You can’t get too high. You can’t get too low,’ based on either way. But I think the win helps our confidence. It’s good. We just got to build on it and continue to go. Look around at the other scores in the league; there are other teams that are struggling as well.”

(On the intersquad scrimmage, a 1-1 tie with goals by Jaqua and Montano…) “This was good. It served its purpose. We needed them to play and get an extended amount of playing time to maintain their fitness and make sure that they’re ready. Every time you play it’s a chance to showcase yourself and make a case for why you should be included on the field or in the 18, or you build a case for why you’re not in the 18.”

(Will Montero be day-to-day again this week?) “After Monday hopefully he’ll be cleared and be able to start training on Tuesday.”

(Are you surprised Jeff Parke is alive and well after blocking a shot with his face?) “Eh, you take shots to the face sometimes. That’s the life of a defender. I’ve taken a few as well. Everybody that’s played in the back has had to take a few. It’s certainly good that he and Ozzie are still walking around and actually know what city they’re in and what team they belong to.”

(You didn’t wear a suit Saturday. What goes into gameday apparel choice?) “I don’t know. Weather. I thought it was going to be a little bit colder. I actually came out in the parka and then realized it wasn’t that cold so I took the parka off. Just a change. I came to the stadium in a suit, so we’ll see. I’m trying to not let that be the indicator of whether we win or lose — but I do feel my haircut helped.”

(On O’Brian White’s influence on the game…) “Obviously when you score goals you influence the game. When you set up goals you influence the game. Forwards sometimes are a little bit streaky. For him to find his confidence — he never really found his confidence in Toronto — and now getting the number of starts he’s had in a row. If he had had these games under his belt, maybe some of the opportunities he got against L.A. in Game 1 he might’ve (handled) a little better with his final touch. Obviously we’ve got to be pleased with what he’s done over the last two games. His holdup play has been good too; it hasn’t just been him getting on the end of things. When you really look at his goal, that’s a pretty special goal. It might not get goal of the week, but to generate that amount of power on a header from that far out, in between two guys, is pretty special.”

(Did it catch Johnson by surprise?) “Yeah. I think Sean didn’t expect it. It’s not the kind of header you expect. The ball even seemed to curve a little bit when you look at it from behind the goal. It was definitely well-placed and one of those goals you don’t get every day.”

(On Taylor Mueller training…) “It was just to fill out numbers for today.”


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