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April 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Sigi Schmid: ‘It’s important to put on a good performance for our fans.’

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid met with reporters after Friday’s practice, his last interview before the team’s 1 p.m. home game Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. Here is a transcript:

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(On the streak of never losing three-straight at home being on the line…) “Basically, we never want to lose two games in a row. We always want to have a good reaction after a loss, but definitely three in a row is something we never want to do. When you coach long enough and you’re around the game long enough, everything happens once, so it’s making sure it doesn’t happen more than once. But certainly for us coming back home, it’s important to put on a good performance for our fans.”

(On if Colorado is a particularly good team at drawing PKs…) “I haven’t been able to analyze each one — What was this one? What was that one? Certainly they are a team that has some guys who are dribblers. Sanchez is a dribbler. Certainly Deshorn Brown has got some speed. So when you look at the two penalties in the Portland game, Ricketts off his line and just hammers the guy, and then the second one Weber’s late off his line. So they’re both sort of like speed-related type of things. So we have to be aware of their speed certainly, and make sure that we have the appropriate line in the back.”

(On how long into a season you get a feel for an opponent with many around the league not having that about the Rapids…) “When you look at Colorado, they were obviously a team that made the playoffs last year. They changed coaches, but they didn’t really change personnel all that much — just the main change was Hendry Thomas not returning, and them adding some other pieces, Rivero not coming back, who played a little bit for them. But at this stage you can definitely tell that Colorado is a team that concentrates on their defending and that they do well with their defending and try to give themselves a chance at winning every game. You always get some breaks along the way – and they’ve gotten some breaks – but they’ve also scored some great goals when you look at the goals that Mari the midfielder got in Vancouver. To me, they’re a team that has shown that defensively they’re very consistent, and that’s going to put them into games.”

(On if that has led to them having every game scoreless at halftime…) “Yeah, I think very much so. Pablo Mastroeni was an attacking midfielder who became a defensive midfielder as he moved into the pros and takes a lot of pride in that and played on a World Cup team in that same role. His desire as a coach is to make sure they keep a clean sheet in the back, and they do a good job of defending as a group. I think they’re transition has been very good. When they lose the ball they get back pretty quickly defensively. That’s helped them a lot.”

(On the team’s guys recovering from injury…) “Leo, obviously he’s still progressing, but probably not for tomorrow. And Brad’s situation, he’s ready to go.”

(On if the team has talked about or if players subconsciously think about needing to have a good start this season with Dempsey and Evans in line to leave for the World Cup…) “I don’t know. You’re always aware of what the possibilities are, and I think players are aware of what the possibilities are, but I think it’s more each player is wanting to make sure that he’s sharp and on top of his game. So Dempsey wants to be sharp and wants to be ready, and a lot of guys are like that. In 2002, I know Cobi Jones was very sharp going into the World Cup, had a good World Cup and was sharp out of it, and helped lead our team in particular to an MLS Cup. So I think players know it’s in the back of their minds, but it’s not something we talk about.”

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