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September 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Monday notes: Schmid reacts to the firing of former assistant Robert Warzycha

Posted above is the raw video from Monday’s interview with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid. Here are some highlights:

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— First off, the big news leaguewide was Columbus firing its head coach, Robert Warzycha, following Saturday’s loss to the 10-man Sounders. Warzycha was a longtime assistant with the Crew, including under Schmid from 2006-08, and he took over as head coach after Schmid left for Seattle. “It’s a tough one,” Schmid said of the firing. “Obviously Robert was my assistant coach and you’re always sad when you see a head coach fired, and I want to wish him well. I know Brian Bliss, as well. I know (Mike) Lapper. I know the whole situation there a little bit from the standpoint that a lot of people there were there when I was there. But it’s a new owner. It depends on what direction he wants to go in. I know Robert was in the last year of his contract, but hopefully Robert will end up some place. He’s a good coach. He’s a quality person.”

— In some injury news, Schmid said there isn’t a timeline of Brad Evans‘ return from a calf strain. The coach added that it is believed to be more serious than previous editions of the same injury — e.g. the midfielder missed two games due to the calf in March — “but he’s generally recovered from them fairly quickly, so we’ll see how he comes back from this one.”

— Regarding options up front with Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey away with the U.S. national team, Schmid said: “Certainly we hope that (Obafemi Martins) is ready to go again. He felt pretty good today, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow after the training today. But he felt pretty good — did some extra running at the end, as well. (Lamar) Neagle has played up front for us also. He’s an option. There is (Eriq) Zavaleta. (David) Estrada is available, as well. So there are different options that we have.”

Leo Gonzalez‘ run of 20-straight starts will end Wednesday due to his red-card suspension. That opens the door for Marc Burch, who has worked his way onto the field as a left midfielder the past couple months. “I think Leo has done well this year and it hasn’t been a situation where Burch hasn’t played well,” Schmid said. “It’s a situation where Burch has played very well and has played well when he’s been asked to play on the reserve team, as well, at left back. He has had to fill in for us at left midfield, but Leo’s has been pretty consistent and has held onto the spot. But certainly we feel that Burch is a very capable and quality left back. That why he’s here.”

— Another guy who looks to have a chance to step up this week? Servando Carrasco. “It’s been a good season for him and hopefully it will continue to be that way,” Schmid said. “Obviously with Evans injured right now and Shalrie (Joseph) injured right now, his turn maybe steps up again for him. He came in in Columbus and I thought he played well, kept possession for us. He’s defensively pretty solid, stays in good spaces, and as long as he continues to do that, he’s a big help for us.”

— And is recently signed Blair Gavin an option? “We’ll see,” Schmid said. “It might still be a little too early, but we’ll see. We were looking at him today at training, as well, because obviously there are four changes that have to come from our starting lineup from the last game because of national-team commitments, injuries and red cards. So we have to look at those guys and see who’s ready to grab hold of that opportunity. But for Blair, the main thing for him was really to get him in that consistent rhythm of training again at this level day in and day out, and I think that’s been helpful to him.”

— Lastly, some final thoughts from Schmid looking back on Saturday’s win: “I think it was a very big win, character-wise, because of the way it occurred and having to play a man down. It was a big win, again, getting a win on the road. I think somebody said we’re tied now for most road victories or something like that, so that was a positive for us, as well. But again, we wanted to get on a little bit of a run, and it’s nice to wake up in the morning and look at the standings and see us in third place, having jumped past some teams and still having games in hand. So from that standpoint it makes it a little easier to sleep at night.”

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