The Sounders held a night practice Wednesday at Jeld-Wen Field. It was late and wet, so our interview with coach Sigi Schmid didn’t go too long.
Here is a transcript:
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(You probably could’ve practiced today in Seattle if you wanted. What was the reasoning in practicing here at night?) “We just wanted to change it up a little bit — come down. It’s been a while since we played here at night, so just to have a feel for the lights, as well. So it was just a little change of rhythm.”
(What do you think the team needs to do to get a result?) “We need to play well. Portland is a good team, so we need to make sure that we play well, that we don’t give up anything silly, and obviously playing to a clean sheet is important. We have to do a better job of finishing our chances when we create them and making better use of our corners and set pieces.”
(We see Obafemi Martins traveled. Is he still on track to be able to participate?) “Yeah, we’ll see. We’ll see tomorrow how he came through tonight. He was able to do everything tonight. He was able to do more than he did yesterday, so that’s a good sign.”
(How about your recovering defenders: Zach Scott, DeAndre Yedlin and Leo Gonzalez?) “Zach will be OK. DeAndre is fine, as well. Leo, don’t know with Leo.”
(Does it help having already had a do-or-die game against Colorado and having gotten through it successfully?) “All that matters is what you do tomorrow. It doesn’t matter what you did in the past. People talk about experience and all that stuff, and, yeah, it’s important. It’s important to have those experiences and they’re things that serve you well in the memory bank, but at the end of the day, all that matters is what you do on that given day.”