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March 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Sigi Schmid responds to Herculez Gomez’ comments (again)

There are a couple interesting relationships in the Sounders FC-Santos Laguna CCL quarterfinal that I pointed out in this story. One of those is that between Seattle coach Sigi Schmid and Santos forward Herculez Gomez, both members of the 2002 Los Angeles Galaxy.

Here’s the chronology of recent comments from both guys, which includes their personal history, in case you need catching up.

1. Gomez to SI.com and then MLSsoccer.com implying that Schmid told him to pick a different career 10 years ago.

2. Schmid to a small contingent of Seattle media that his comments were more about how a move to lower league San Diego was a bad career move.

3. Gomez after Wednesday’s game (and more through MLSsoccer.com) expressing regret over the impact of his initials comments.

And now there’s one more to add. Following Gomez’ postgame apology for bringing this all back up, Schmid was asked Friday if the issue was behind them.

“Yeah, we talked briefly after the game,” said Schmid. “I said, ‘Congrats. Good goal. All the best.’ To me, it’s never a big thing. I’ve coached a lot of players over a lot of years, and I have a lot of good relationships and good friendships with former players of mine. Sometimes, as with all of us, we hear what we want to hear in conversations. Afterwards when we think about it, it turns out to be a little bit differently than we had thought. But I always want all the players I’ve coached to be successful and to do well. I’ll try to be as honest as I can with them, but on the same token I’ve never going to keep somebody from pursuing their dream.”

Both have tried to downplay the situation, but both are clearly holding to their side of the story.

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