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October 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM

VIDEO: Red Bulls beat FC Dallas 2-0, Schmid talks after

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New York got goals from Joel Lindpere and Thierry Henry to beat FC Dallas 2-0 on the road Wednesday (check out the highlights above). The Red Bulls jump over to the West and will play the top-seeded Los Angeles Galaxy in the conference semifinals.

As Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl pointed out on Twitter, that means the top three MLS teams and the one with the highest payroll are all on the same side of the bracket.

On the FOX Soccer postgame show, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was a brief guest. Here’s what he had to say in a short interview over the phone:

(Host Eric Wynalda asked him about the game…) “I thought New York did a good job taking away Dallas’ speed by playing so deep and really not coming out, so they didn’t give Dallas many opportunities to get behind them. It forced Dallas to break them down and, like (analyst Jimmy Conrad) said, I think without David Ferreira a little bit of imagination ended up being missing in key moments for them.”

(He was then asked about the upcoming series with RSL…) “It’s going to be a tough series because they’re a veteran team. They’re really the same team that won the thing two years ago, so they’re going to be tough. But we’re a hungry team. In the past couple years we’ve sort of been content with making the playoffs — being a new franchise, coming back from behind to get in the playoffs. Now we’re a hungry team. We want to do more than we’ve done in the past years and we know it’s going to be a very difficult series.”

(He was then asked for a Mauro Rosales update…) “‘Iffy’ is probably still the word. It’s the playoffs so you know you only have so many games to go, so sometimes guys can push themselves through. But we’ve got to be careful with him right now. We’re going to see tomorrow if he can up his training a little bit. I think Saturday is going to be very, very questionable for him, but we’re hoping that there’s an outside shot for Wednesday.”

(Wynalda then asked analyst Christopher Sullivan about the Sounders’ playoff chances…) “Very good. I’ve been a very big fan of Seattle all year, but I was a huge fan of RSL the last couple years. I think when he said, ‘This is a veteran team that knows how to win,’ they still have all that quality. But it’s really 180 minutes over two legs, so you question, does he use Rosales in the second match because Rosales is not ready? And like you mentioned David Ferreira, Rosales is the one that gives them a little extra (creativity), so I think he’ll be a very important point in that second leg for Seattle.”

(Then analyst it was Conrad’s turn…) “I think Rosales isn’t going to play. I think it’s a bit of gamesmanship from Sigi Schmid.”

(Sullivan interjected…) “He’s acting like he will.”

(Back to Conrad…) “I don’t know. I think it’s less of a team without Rosales in it. A lot of the responsibility on offense is going to be on Montero and I just don’t know if that’s enough to get past Salt Lake.”


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