Here’s some more from Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid after Monday’s 1-1 draw in a preseason training game against rival Vancouver, a match that featured 10 yellow cards and one red card. Quotes, minus the update on Mike Fucito’s injury, which was covered in the previous post, are posted below as provided by the team.
A box score and other details are included after the jump:
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(On the training game…) “It’s good. It’s always better when you play somebody else besides yourself. I thought it was a little chippy at times with some of the tackles on both sides. I think we went into some bad tackles. I think they went into some bad tackles. But that’s the nature of the beast and I think it took us the first five to ten minutes to get into the tempo of the game and realize that it was going to be like that. After that I thought the first team did well in the first 45 minutes and they didn’t produce a goal. I was pleased with the way the second group started off. They got the equalizer and then they sort of faded a little bit. Overall I was pleased with what we got out of it and we got a lot of good work, the effort was good from the guys.”
(On the first group…) “It was good. I thought after the first ten minutes they still maybe had a couple of opportunities there when Michael [Gspurning] mis-kicked the ball out of the back. But I thought after the first ten minutes I thought we created more of the opportunities in the rest of that 45 minutes. I thought we were around the goal. We were pretty close at times. We’ve got to work on our crossing and our running. But we really haven’t done anything so far that looks like finishing or things on goal. We haven’t played a lot of games with goals in tight, things like that. That will all come as we move to Florida. So I was pretty happy with what they did.”
(On the second group…) “Depth is always nice and their mentality right when they came on was good. I thought [David] Estrada was active and caused a lot of problems. I thought that part of it was good. There were some other guys who I didn’t think showed as well. As I always say, players make decisions. They always think coaches make decisions. Players make decisions by how they play so some guys obviously pushed themselves up and some other guys pushed themselves down a little bit. Overall I was pleased. I thought Zach Scott and Andrew Duran did well in the back and held that together for us. I thought [Marc] Burch did well. I saw a lot of good things in that second group.”
(On the Arizona training camp…) “Good. I think it’s time to get on to the next phase. I think guys are ready to leave. I think we need a couple days rest for everybody to regenerate a little bit and then we are going to go at it again in Florida. Now it’s a matter of fine-tuning the game or tactics, getting our finishing down, the movement of the ball, the runs off the ball, our defensive shape and tenacity. So we will start working on all those things.”
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SOUNDERS FC 1, WHITECAPS FC 1
VAN – Camilo (Atiba Harris) 1′
SEA – Servando Carrasco (David Estrada) 48′
Seattle Sounders FC Lineup
Group 1: Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito (Roger Levesque 29′).
Group 2: Andrew Weber, Wes Fieghner, Zach Scott, Andrew Duran, Marc Burch, Michael Seamon, Servando Carrasco, Andy Rose, Lamar Neagle, David Estrada, Sammy Ochoa.
Group 3: Bryan Meredith, Amadou Sanyang, Tim Pontius, Harlinton Gutierres, Ever Alvarado, Cordell Cato, Andrew Vanzie, Alex Caskey, Jason Banton (Servando Carrasco 115′), Roger Levesque, Babayele Sodade.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Lineup
Group 1: Joe Cannon; Alain Rochat, Jay DeMerit, Martin Bonjour, Young-Pyo Lee; Camilo Sanvezzo, John Thorrington, Jun Marques Davidson, Atiba Harris; Sebastien Le Toux, Eric Hassli
Group 2: Brad Knighton; Jordan Harvey, Carlyle Mitchell, Michael Boxall, Greg Klazura; Darren Mattocks, Floyd Franks, Gershon Koffie, Lee Nguyen; Davide Chiumiento, Omar Salgado
Group 3: Andrew Fontein; Russell Teibert, Bilal Duckett, Mitchell, Chris Estridge; Long Tan, Floyd Franks (Bryce Alderson 106′), Patrick Cregg; Michael Nanchoff; Matt Watson, Darren Mattocks (Caleb Clarke 106′)
VAN – Atiba Harris (caution) 4′
VAN – Martin Bonjour (caution) 14′
SEA – Jeff Parke (caution) 20′
SEA – Sammy Ochoa (caution) 74′
VAN – Michael Boxall (caution) 77′
SEA – Alex Caskey (caution) 94′
SEA – Andrew Vanzie (caution) 101′
VAN – Russell Teibert (caution) 103′
VAN – Patrick Cregg (caution) 110′
SEA – Jason Banton (ejection) 115′
SEA – Harlinton Gutierres (caution) 119′