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May 26, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Thursday

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Here’s the transcript from Sigi Schmid’s session with the media today. His comments on Brad Evans’ recovery are included in the previous post…

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(Did Alvaro get called in for Uruguay’s game Sunday?) “No. They originally named the list of 23, but the final list was 20, and he wasn’t on that 20.”

(Was he someone you wanted to see more from against Dallas?) “I think for Alvaro his game has definitely taken an uptick since I put him on the bench and he’s come back into the team. I think he’s a better passer than he showed on Saturday. I’m sure he’s disappointed in that himself. The other thing is in this league — I went through that with Schelotto — is once referees think you’re going down easily, you don’t get calls. He’s got to stay on his feet a little bit more and get the referees to go into games thinking differently about him, and then he’ll get more of those calls when he’s legitimately fouled. There were two fouls early in the game that definitely deserved calls, but once you have a reputation of going down easily, then they go into games thinking that. So we have to be stronger that way on the ball as well.”

(How do you approach that conversation?) “Stay on your feet. Be stronger. And who can translate that for me? Referees don’t go into games with blank slates. Referees go into games and they have an idea of who’s a diver, who stays on his feet, who’s a little more aggressive in his tackles, etc. They try to come in unbiased, but they also know that in the back of their minds. I just think you need to establish yourself as a guy who’s going to try and stay on his feet, then when you go down you get those calls. We have to be stronger. It’s just a matter of explaining it to them in that way.”

(Can a quick turnaround after a loss be a good thing?) “As a player you’d much rather play as soon as possible after a loss. You’d probably rather play today and just get it out of the way, and get it out of your system. The only thing that’s going to make that loss go away is a win in the next game. The sooner the next game comes the better it is.”

(How about as a coach?) “As a coach it’s the same. I would’ve probably played another game last night after the game, which unfortunately I probably did at home when I watched the game another couple times. Last night was a very frustrating loss; I’m not going to say it wasn’t. For us the key element is our defense has to be 100-percent perfect. When they’re 90-percent perfect it costs us games. And we just want our offense to be 20-percet effective. If they score on one out of every five chances then we’ll win games. It’s a matter of that happening and that being done. As we said last night, we need the players who are playing up front to step up and put the ball in the back of the net.”

(What were the breakdowns on the goal allowed?) “Whenever you look at a goal it always starts with the turnover. It was sort of a half pass by Alvaro that Friberg tries to known down to Rosales, but misses Rosales with it. Leo Gonzalez, our left back, for some reason decided to overlap even though the ball was going to the other side of the field. Then they played a quick pass forward and now our defense got split. It was difficult for Kennedy because he was actually one against three. So he probably needed to step in a little bit quicker to the middle, but if he does Shea’s a good player and he slots the ball to the guy on the right and the guy walks in on Kasey. Then the question is does Kasey stay on his line for that one? His start position was pretty deep. You can point to like 18 different things if you break it down and isolate it and so forth. At the end of the day, one goal against us shouldn’t have been enough to beat us.”

(On RSL missing a couple players…) “Obviously Morales is a big loss for them because he’s a unique player, but they’ve concentrated defensively on their team. That part of their team is intact. They’ve only given up two goals this season so that’s going to be the challenge for us. It doesn’t really matter if Saborio is missing or anything like that, for us the challenge is we got to be able to break down their defense.


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