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July 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid quotes from Thursday

schmid mug.jpgHere are the team-provided quotes from today’s teleconference (minus the Bradley stuff posted below).

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(On Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin…) “I think he was a good pick at 11 [in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft]. I think he was a good pick-up by the Dynamo. He’s a dynamic, physical, strong forward who I think should be good for a lot of years in this league. As with any rookie, he’s got some ups and downs and continues to learn about the league and learn about the game. He’s definitely a player with some abilities.”

(On state of team after past week…) “I think whenever you take some days off it takes your team a little while to get back into the rhythm. It was important for us in the long term, in the grand scheme of things of wanting to play well into November, so in that grand scheme of things it was important for us to give them some time off right now because we felt that was important for their regeneration over the long haul. Over the short term that’s obviously not the best because it takes them out of their rhythm a little bit and it takes you a little while to get back into your rhythm of play. We really haven’t trained. Today I think was our second real training in the last ten days so that’s just not enough training time to stay sharp. We feel confident we will find that sharpness very soon and very quickly and that we did the right thing for the long term.”

(On MLS All-Star game…) “It was great for Kasey to get onto the field. That was one of the reasons we were working with the league to get Kasey there for the game. I think with him in his last year it was something that it was great for him to be able to take part in. The All-Star game, obviously Man Utd is a good team. I think we saw that back in Seattle a little over a week ago and they’re a good team. They banged in nine goals against the All-Stars over two games.”

(On Tally Hall…) “Obviously he’s a good, young, talented goalkeeper, came as no surprise that he played very well in Seattle since he’s from Gig Harbor. I know he was excited to play in front of friends and family. It was his first start there for MLS, playing in Seattle, so I know he was pumped up. Again, we are Seattle and he’s going to be pumped up again. He knows his family is going to be watching. He’s a goalkeeper who’s got a lot of the prerequisites. He’s got good size. He’s got good range. He’s got good reactions. He’s a goalkeeper that will continue to improve.”

(On Don Garber’s comments regarding Sounders FC vs. Manchester United…) “I think I was candid with you guys after the game and yeah, if I had to do it over again I would probably do it differently and we wouldn’t be as democratic in our playing time. Ultimately, Don is concerned with the well-being of the league and wants to see the league come off well and show well so I’m sure he was disappointed in that. His job is to make sure the league does well and my job is to make sure our team does well. Again, in the long term effect of things we did the right thing by holding some guys’ minutes down for the long term situation. You could also argue the effect we gave some players a memory that will be a lifetime achievement for them, something they will remember for the rest of their lives. So I’m not disappointed form that standpoint. He has his opinion and that’s fine. I want to see our league represented well also. They monkeyed with the All-Star game this year a little bit, picking a coach because he was in that city and picking the players a little bit of a different way and putting their lineup together and is 4-0 better than 5-2? I don’t know.”

(On Terry Boss…) “Terry right now is not on this trip because he has concussion-like symptoms. The injury occurred in the Man Utd game on the first goal. So maybe if Terry was a little more honest with himself maybe he should have come out of the game at that point. Obviously it was determined after that game that he had had a concussion on that particular play. So I think we’ve got to be fair to Terry on that and understand that that was the situation that occurred. Outside of that, Man Utd is behind us. I really don’t want to talk about Man Utd anymore.”

(On the heat in Houston…) “It’s warm. It’s definitely warm. It was good we got to train in the morning. We wanted to get our training in in the morning so we worked that out. We are going to train tomorrow morning as well. There was a lot of talk about us not being able to get onto a training field until like 1 o’clock and it’s well over 90 degrees by 1 o’clock so we wanted to make sure we train in the morning. So we are doing that part of it. We might take the team bowling this afternoon, do something a little bit indoors, have a little bit of fun, kill the time since we have been here since Wednesday morning.”

(On Houston having four all-stars…) “I think anytime a player gets selected to the all-star team it’s going to help his confidence and it’s going to make him feel good about himself. Houston had more players selected than any other team, which was maybe a little bit surprising just because of their position right now in the league. Again, it is what it is and Hans Backe put together his team. Obviously I think Brad Davis is a tremendous player; he’s an excellent server of the ball. Geoff Cameron is also a talented midfielder/defender. Tally Hall has had a good season and Corey Ashe is an outside back with speed, and I think that’s one of the things they wanted on the team to match Man. United’s speed. It’s good. They had to travel back today as well and they played a lot more minutes than Kasey did on Wednesday. I’m OK with that, too.”

(Do you talk to player about diving?) “I’ve told my players and we’ve had that conversation with players as a regular part of preseason — that referees are not going to give you a call if you’re diving, stay on your feet as much as possible. I get on a guy’s case all the time when they go down a little bit easily in midfield hoping for a foul and don’t get one. I think they’ve seen the situation with Charlie Davies and they’ve seen the Saborio situation so they’re well aware of it. Sometimes it’s not something that you can nip in the bud before it happens. It’s something that’s innate within a player when you’ve grown up playing a certain way and getting calls in certain situations for 15 years. It’s tough sometimes to change right away. I’m sure maybe at some point it’ll happen to us, where somebody embellishes a bit in the box and maybe draws a penalty and then we’ll have to address it specifically. But right now to talk to somebody beforehand you’re not going to change their habit in the game and their instinctive reaction because Sigi told me not to embellish. Nobody’s thinking about that.”


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