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May 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Sigi Schmid responds to John Spencer’s comments

schmid mug.jpgHere is the post from yesterday, where Portland coach John Spencer had a lot of interesting things to say about Sounders FC, particularly coach Sigi Schmid’s assessment of the game. Schmid addressed the media today to respond…

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(On Spencer’s comments…) “I thought his comments are his comments. He’s a very competitive guy. He likes to stir the pot — that’s just his nature. I’ve always known that to be his nature, but from our standpoint we’re just looking at the facts. They’re a team that is very good on set pieces. They do try and get set pieces. I don’t know why he’s trying to apologize for that. When I coached Columbus and we had Chad Marshall, we played for set pieces and we won a lot of games by our ability to score set pieces. I never apologized for it. I think he should be proud that his team is good at that facet of the game. Those are the facts. Anything from 50 yards on in they’re going to try and put in the box where we’ll try to maybe touch it and play it. It was a matter of their style is different than ours. They tried to impose their style on us. We tried to impose our style on them. I thought they did a better job probably in terms of imposing their style on us. The rain, yes it rains in Seattle. It also rains down in Portland. It’s a situation of the rain, yeah, is a little more conducive to what they do. All I’m trying to do is talk about the facts and not talk about other things. I don’t think he should be talking about our players. Either that or they should stop calling about our players. That’s one thing, because they’ve had interest in quite of few guys at some point. That’s what it is. I’m going to send him a dozen roses since they are the Rose City, can’t promise the petals will be on the roses but we’ll send him a dozen roses.”

(Have you ever had a coach breakdown your postgame comments like that?) “It obviously shows something too when on Tuesday the most important thing they’re talking about is the Sounders game. We’re trying to focus on Kansas City and get ready for our next opponent. I’m sure they will be too. I thought one of his interesting quotes — because yeah I read his quotes like he reads mine — was they don’t practice three hours a day on free kicks. But one of his players say they practice free kicks everyday. I know we don’t practice free kicks everyday. Maybe we need to. Who knows? At the end of the day it’s competition. At the end of the day I am eagerly looking forward to our return game in Portland.”

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