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August 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Sounders FC’s Sigi Schmid on the Houston heat, personnel matters and more

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The Sounders held one last practice before Saturday’s road game against the Houston Dynamo. The heat and humidity down here are ridiculous, and temperatures could reach 95 degrees (though, it should be cooler by an 8 p.m. local time kickoff).

Here are some final updates from coach Sigi Schmid:

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(How much will this heat and humidity factor in the game?) “It’s different. Obviously they’re a team that’s used to playing in this and we’re a team that doesn’t normally play in this. But it’s better to play at 8 o’ clock than to play at three in the afternoon.”

(What do you make of the Dynamo?) “They’re a dangerous team. They’re always good at set pieces because of Brad Davis. Up front, Will Bruin has been a handful. Barnes has played well. When Boniek Garcia and Davis are both on the field, that’s something that concerns you. There’s a lot of energy from Clark. Moffat has that good shot from distance. There are a lot of things. They’re a team that always figures out how to stay in a game and be in a game to try and win a game.”

(Anything to playing in a new stadium for the first time?) “It was good; we went by there before we came to practice so the guys could see it, because I think it’s important. Some guys like to visualize and it’s important for them to have a picture of it in their minds. It looks nice. The grass field looks super. The surface looks very good. If you can’t grow grass here, you have to hand in your horticulture degree.”

(Obafemi Martins tweeted that he has a family matter he’s tending to, had you been aware of this?) “Yeah, we talked. He was in yesterday for treatment and I said after the treatment yesterday he could leave. We start training again on Tuesday.”

(And he’s expected back by then?) “Yeah.”

(Do you know your plan for a starting goalkeeper?) “I won’t share. I know them. I know them, but that’s for me and them right now.”

(But both Gspurning and Hahnemann are available?) “Yeah.”

(Do you feel better positioned now to handle the losses of Martins and Johnson up front?) “It’s still a hardship because those two guys are very important players to our team. So with Oba being injured and Eddie being out on the yellow cards, our options up front are a little bit limited. Neagle has played up there, so he pushes back up there. We’ve got Clint obviously who can play as that second forward, so that gives us two options up there who are good options for us for sure, but then if we have to go to the bench and so forth, it’s a little thinner from that point on.”

(How did Brad Evans came back and what can we expect from him?) “He came back OK, but it’s a tight turnaround, a long flight for him to get back. We just wanted to go easy today and see how he feels. We’ll talk tomorrow and then we’ll make a decision whether he’s a guy who starts for us or comes off the bench for us. We’ll see.”

(Is Dempsey ready to go 90 minutes?) “Some guys are going to have to go 90, so he might be one of them.”

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