The countdown clock for the second leg of the Western Conference final between the Sounders and Galaxy at CenturyLink Field has ticked beneath 24 hours.
Saturday after training at Starfire, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid revealed the state of his psyche leading up to big matches like this one:
“You always have butterflies. If you don’t have butterflies, you had better stop coaching and stop playing. Every good player has butterflies leading up to a game.
“I can’t describe it — it’s not nerves. It’s like an anticipation, excitement, like ‘OK, let’s get going.’ It’s not nerves.
“Every player, every coach, sort of has a routine. Some call them superstitions, but you have a routine that you settle into. That routine calms you down.”