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May 15, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Sounders FC quote sheet: Sigi Schmid and Brian Schmetzer

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgSome quick quotes from Sunday…

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SIGI SCHMID, head coach

(Are the injuries becoming too much to overcome?) “The difficulty is only because the injuries are all in a certain part of the field. It all seems to be on the attacking end of the field. It’s either forwards or it’s attacking wide players or it’s attacking midfielders. That’s the only thing that’s been difficult. I think our depth has been good, and I think our depth has shown itself because we’ve had to rely on a lot of people. But it’s happening mainly in one area. It’s not like you’re losing a defender and a wide midfielder and a one forward, we’re losing people in the same part of the field.”

(Will some of the guys be back by Saturday?) “We’ll see how it is. Friberg is actually making good progress with his ankle. It was almost touch and go if he could play yesterday. But it was a situation we felt the risk at the end would be too great. So there’s a chance with him Evans we’ve got to see day by day. Rosales we’ll put through a week of training, so we’ll be able to determine that at the end of the week.”

(With the injuries, is it tough to field a lineup in the reserve game?) “Obviously it makes it a little bit more difficult for the reserves because when you figure it out you’ve got five injuries. That means there are five guys who played last night who would probably be performing in this game, which would obviously make this team stronger. So again, it is what it is. If we complain about it it’s not going to change anything. It’s a possibility for other people to step up and play.”

(On the atmosphere last night…) “I thought it was great. I thought Roger’s thing looked a little bit like the Joker when they pulled it up. I was giving Roger a little bit of stick for that. … But I thought it was good. Our fans are the No. 1 fans in the league. They can say whatever they want down in Portland. We have the No. 1 fans in the league. And we’re disappointed we couldn’t reward them with a win, but it just makes the next game all the more sweeter.”

(On Alvaro Fernandez being called up by Uruguay…) “It’s not a call up at this stage. It’s a preliminary list. And what happens sometimes is the federation will put out a preliminary list. Sometimes that preliminary list gets into the papers, but then at the end of the day they have to make a decision as to who the final squad members that they’re going to pick are. Right now we haven’t received any correspondence on Alvaro. We talked about it today. We haven’t received anything so far from the federation requesting him. So until you get something from the federation its not an official request. It’s just somebody saying, ‘This is what I think is a good list of players that should be looked at for this game.’ ”

(Considering the timing of the game, would it be something you could block considering your depth?) “Technically we can’t block the move. If it’s an international fixture date we have to let him go. So from that standpoint, it’s more his situation of saying, ‘Hey right now I don’t want to go.’ But I know he hasn’t been called in since the World Cup so I’m sure that’s something he wants to do too and get that recognition. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

BRIAN SCHMETZER, assistant coach

(On the pregame display…) “That was unbelievably cool. It was unbelievably touching. It was unbelievably emotional. It was just unbelievable that the fans went to that much work and that much creativity to show us exactly how they feel. Unbelievable. And it was a fantastic moment. I’ll never forget it.”

(On being included in the list of honorees…) “I’m privileged to be associated with Jimmy Gabriel, and certainly Rogers (laughs), and the headlines of 20 years of dominance. It was awesome, unbelievable, great, fantastic, emotional, happy, touching. It was a lot of different things. I’d like to buy every single one of the Emerald City Supporters a beer. Everyone that worked on that, I’ll make it up to them at some point in my life.”

(Was it a surprise? Did anyone whisper anything to you?) “Tommy had whispered to us that they were testing Roger’s mug coming up with the football net. I kind of knew that. I did not know the whole length of the southern end of the stadium would be covered in a complete flag with a powerful message.”

(Or that your face would be included?) “Or that my face was up there. I did not know that.”

(Some fans might not know much about Preston Burpo, what do you think about his contributions to the old team?) “One in just another long line of successful goalkeepers for us, out of this area. Preston’s name certainly could be included in that, although he didn’t grow up here, he grew up in Maine, but was very successful in the 2005 championship. He played a lot of good years for me, and he’s someone that yes, some uneducated fans might not know who he was, but it will probably spur them to do a little bit of research. I think that’s the kind of fanatical people we have, or curious people we have, and the internet is such a powerful tool these days. I really wonder how many people Google-searched Preston Burpo to get a little more information on him.”

(Do you know what’s up to now?) “He is trying to figure out exactly what he’s going to do with his life, trying to find a coaching job like an MLS-type coaching job. Other than that, I don’t know.”

(On looking back on last night’s experience…) “It adds to what have already been a lot of great memories. The atmosphere last night was terrific. The quality of the game, because of the rain and the mentality of the two teams might not have matched up to the hype. But at the end of the day, it was a hard-fought game. I’m looking at it from a fan’s perspective, and would the home fan have been just so happy walking away from there with a 1-0, 2-0 win? Sure, absolutely. Having said that, still the atmosphere, the crowd, everything was great. We give the Portland fans some credit. They made some noise. Certainly not as much noise as ours, but they were there in force and they were proud of their team. You’ve got to give them some kudos, as well.”

(Does the Vancouver rivalry compare?) “I wouldn’t say it’s one level down because I remember coaching the USL team and going to Vancouver. I mean that’s a foreign country. They’re foreigners. We’re the United States. We’re proud of that, so it was a little bit special because of that. The proximity is the same. And Vancouver-Portland, it’s all pretty close. It’s all pretty meshed together.”


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