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April 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Coach Sigi Schmid gives last updates before Sounders head to Mexico

schmid mug 2013Reporters caught up with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid briefly after a rainy practice Sunday. The team was rushing off for travel to Torreon, Mexico, for Tuesday’s second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.

Schmid provided a couple injury updates and last thoughts before the trip, and here is a transcript:

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(Any health updates you can provide?) “Eddie (Johnson) did more today, so we’re going to see and we’re going to check how he is. The anticipation is that we’ve got 48 hours, so he’ll be closer to being ready. I don’t know if that’s start-ready or sub-ready, but we think he’ll be closer to being ready. (Brad) Evans I haven’t checked with yet, so I don’t know.”

(Was Evans able to train at all today?) “He went through the warm-up, yeah.”

(And how is Michael Gspurning) “Gspurning went through a training session today, as well.”

(Did you have any thoughts on the Santos game or lineup from Saturday?) “Obviously (Darwin) Quintero wasn’t too seriously hurt; he ended up playing 90 minutes. They tried to sub him out in the 93rd, I think. But nine of their 11 guys started. Herculez (Gomez) only went 55 minutes. It was only (Jorge) Estrada and (Oribe) Peralta that they either held out or were out for a specific reason. I know Peralta’s coming off an injury, so they might have held him out. Obviously those guys put in another 90 minutes on their backs, so we’ve got to make sure that we can take advantage of that, possibly in the second half.”

(What would you say is the mentality is going into this game? It seems many people feel this is a foregone conclusion that you’ll lose.) “That’s what everyone is going to feel, and that’s normal. But we believe in ourselves and we believe in our ability to do a difficult thing. Like I’ve said before, it’s not going to be easy, but it’s not impossible.”

(Does it make it easier to rally around that? The idea that no one expects us to do it?) “I think that’s something you have to look at. It’s nice to be unexpected things and things that people don’t expect you to do. I know probably Santos on the back on their minds doesn’t expect us to do it, so that might give us a little bit of an edge. But we approach every game and we want to win every game we participate in, and we want to play every game well that we step on the field for.”

(Do you have a better idea yet on when Obafemi Martins might be back and available?) “He’ll be back early (this) week, and the availability for the New England game, we’ll see once he’s back. We’ll see how the treatment worked for him and how he’s doing.”

(Do you have a sense of how the treatment is going?) “Yeah, things are going well. That’s what he said. Last time he said it took a week to 10 days and then he was all right to play again, so we’re hoping it’ll be the same sort of thing.”


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