“In the old days, in soccer, we fought a lot more than they do now.”
Thus began Seattle coach Sigi Schmid’s post-practice press conference Wednesday morning at CenturyLink Field.
“The first rule was, you found a teammate – hopefully a nice, strong teammate – and you went back to back so you wouldn’t get blindsided,” Schmid said.
He went on to recount a particularly memorable incident in a semi-pro match in his late teens.
“I’m on the bench, and we’re playing this team called St. Stevens,” Schmid said. “They’re an Argentine team, and we’re sort of a mix of Germans, Yugoslavs, Austrians. This big melee breaks out in the middle of the field. … All of a sudden, fisticuffs start flying, the team is chasing everybody around. All of a sudden, somebody comes in from the stands and I see this big knife. … We go onto the field, but who knows what’s going on there. We’re pushing people to get into the fracas to get away from the knife.
“Welcome to semi-pro, ethnic league soccer.”
Welcome to Dallas week. Five days until the decisive second leg at CenturyLink.
– Pineda, Rose making progress
Sounder midfielders Gonzalo Pineda, who is suffering from a muscle issue, and Andy Rose, dealing with a deep bruise on his right knee, both did some light running during Wednesday’s workout. Both are expected to return to training tomorrow, Schmid said.
– Pappa misses practice
Marco Pappa, who assisted on Seattle’s lone tally in its 1-1 draw against Dallas on Sunday, was absent from the training session. Schmid said the midfielder was feeling under the weather, as was Leo Gonzalez, though the latter did practice.
“Most of our guys took flu shots,” Schmid said. “Those were a couple of guys that didn’t take flu shots.”