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October 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Schmetzer: Sigi has “always given me the freedom to be who I am. … If there’s stuff that happens on the field, I’ll deal with it.”

schmetzer mug 2012.jpgWith Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid serving a one-game suspension Sunday, assistant coach Brian Schmetzer will be charge for the team’s home game versus FC Dallas.

Reporters chatted briefly with Schmetzer, who was the head coach of the lower-league Sounders from 2002-08, after Saturday’s practice. Here is the transcript:

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(Nervous about putting your perfect 1-0 MLS coaching record on the line?) “Yeah, but your chances are increasing or decreasing — I don’t know which way you want to look at it — the more games you get. I actually did a little research, according to our website … I coached like in almost 200 games (in the USL). With Sigi and me, I know what he wants. I know what he’s all about. It’s just me making sure nothing major goes wrong.”

(Any difference with Schmid being in the stadium?) “No, we’ve been here three and a half years. I know what he needs. I know what he wants. I’ve got a good feel for him. We’re both German — that’s a good starting point. I don’t foresee any sort of issues.”

(On the familiarity with Schmid…) “Sometimes when we’re doing our tape, I edit our film for our opponent and he does his PowerPoint — and we don’t talk to each other before we do it — but my editing matches his PowerPoint and vice versa, so it’s pretty good.”

(Do you ever have to consider what you want to do and what you think Schmid might want you to do?) “No, because he’s always given me the freedom to be who I am and coach. He won’t be on the bench next to me. If there’s stuff that happens on the field, I’ll deal with it. I have no problem with that.”

(Have you guys talked about being able to control your own destiny when it comes to earning the No. 2 seed, starting with this game?) “Just because we read your article. (laughs) … We’ve got all the math figured out, so yeah, we talk about it. This game is the next game, so that’s the one that we’re focused on. LA? That’s a ways away.”

(What can you tell us about Dallas?) “They’re an athletic team. Castillo’s very quick, very fast. Ferreira’s good. I like Blas Perez; he’s a quality player. Obviously I like George John, coached him for a few years when he was a youth player, so that’s a good connection there. Good team. Regardless of the result up in Vancouver, they’ll come to play, so we’ll have to make sure that our guys are ready. I’m actually more focused on our team than theirs.”

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