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April 21, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Sounders FC quote sheet: Schmid, Evans, Keller

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgCoach quotes from today. Player quotes from yesterday.

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SIGI SCHMID, head coach

(On having almost no injuries right now…) “It’s good. Obviously there are options in terms of who to play and who to take. That part of it is positive.”

(Does that help regarding the elevation you’ll face in Colorado?) “Nah, I mean you’re still restricted to three subs. You can’t use more subs. And the thing is, to prepare for altitude you need to go there for two weeks. There’s no way we’ll have a two-week break in our schedule to go train at altitude, so then you want to come in as late as possible. For some guys it’s more psychological than physiological. Generally physiologically the impact is the least in the first 24-48 hours.”

(Say you were to play a cup final tomorrow, do you have a first XI?) “At this stage I think we’re still tinkering a little bit, trying to figure out what pieces work together. When you watch an RSL last night, that back four has been together for four years or three years. For us we’re maybe still tinkering, trying to find that group. Yeah, if we had to play a cup final tomorrow I have an idea of what team I’d put out there. Right now we’re trying to see if we can enhance that group or make that group better or if there are pieces of the puzzle that work better together if we put them maybe in different places or replace some pieces. That’s what we’re looking at right now. … And for us right now, obviously we haven’t gotten a shutout so far. We need to get a shutout. That’s part of it too. Part of getting a shutout is defending it as a group and part of it is passing well.”

(Speaking of RSL, good night for the league last night?) “Great night. When you go down to Monterrey and get a tie out of it, it’s very good. It was a little bit maybe against the run of play in the second half with Morales’ goal, but it was a great goal, great individual effort. That’s what you need to have happen in a series like that: an individual stands up, makes a great effort, you come with a good result on the road, so now it’s to your advantage a little bit being at home. Now it’s a matter of preparing yourself and doing the right thing.”

(How much have you watched Portland and Vancouver from afar, especially regarding their success at home?) “Obviously when you play at home there’s a lot of adrenaline at work, a lot of euphoria. When you think back to our first two games, I think in those two games we won 3-0 and 2-0. It’s the same thing. You got wind in your sails and you’re moving forward. In Portland there was a lot of emotion; their fans were there. The players were expecting it, but it was greater than what they expected. I think the same thing in Vancouver. As a result those teams came out of the blocks very well at home. Then all of a sudden as great as it is, it settles into routine a little bit. Even though you’re still excited about it, you sort of know what it’s going to sound like and know what to expect. It loses a little bit of the super-specialness that it has at the very beginning.”

BRAD EVANS, midfielder

(On Schmid saying he wants four points out of the road trip, meaning a win in Colorado…) “Anytime the coach says he expects to have four points out of two games, obviously everyone’s going to respond and do the best they can to lift themselves. It’s kind of unsaid within in the team, but we know we still have more losses than we do wins. That’s something that for us isn’t acceptable. We’ve been on a good roll here so if we get a win we put ourselves in a good position going forward.”

(On handling a 34-game season…) “It is a long season and you have the ups and downs, but anytime you can get on a roll it will help you in the end. In the first year we made the playoffs with a couple games left. Last year as well, I think we made it with two games to spare. But you don’t want that nervous time and that extra energy spent to push into the playoffs. You want to sit comfortably and not press and push. Maybe you can work on your shape and get healthy and stuff like that. There are different ways to look at it, but I say let’s get all the points we can now, stockpile them and let the chips fall at the end.”

(On having almost a bare injury report…) “It’s great. You see it out here. It makes for competitive trainings for sure. We’re so deep it just creates a competitive atmosphere and when everyone is healthy it just adds to it. Even in games, some guys are starting, some guys aren’t, but when they come on they make big differences. We have a lot of quality players and we can play any combination at any time and get that ‘W’.”

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(On the team finding the internal motivation needed to break through Friday…) “We have gotten some decent results on the road, now it’s can we take it that bit further and push that little bit harder to get that first win? It’d be a great achievement. Before the game you might say a draw wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but we have to go in with the attitude that we want the three points. We know we’re capable of doing it. We’ve had the opportunity to do it already, but we haven’t taken care of it. At the same time, anytime you can get a late draw like we did in Philly, you got to build off that momentum.”

(Some formula says you’ve played the third-hardest schedule in the league so far. Do you think it’s played like that at all?) “A little bit. You look at the teams we’ve played, I think New York will be around at the end of the year. We played really well against a difficult Houston team but didn’t get the result. It’s difficult to say at this time of year. I still believe that if we continually do the things how we want to do them, we’ll have a good season.”

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