Hello all. I'm filing this for Don, who is out this week. This is the transcript (thanks, Sounders' staff) of Sigi Schmid's comments from Tuesday's practice.
Sigi on win against Columbus Crew . . . “It was just great. We talked about trying to end their streak. It’s something we addressed before the game and it was a great feeling to be able to do it. But the most important thing for us was to get the three points in the playoff chase because we felt we had squandered them a little bit in New England. It was a good chance to get them back because most people didn’t think we were going to get points in our game in Columbus. It left us with a great feeling. For me personally, it was a nice accomplishment. But, it’s the three points that I value the most.”
On playoff chase . . . “The thing for us is I think we found our defensive resiliency again which we had earlier in the season which was sort of like whatever it takes we are going to try to get in front of this ball and block it and defend and not give anything up. I think we have found that again because for a little bit of time we weren’t as resolved sometimes in our defending. Sometimes playoff games get tight. At the end of the day, people don’t ask you ‘Did you dominate? Did you outshoot them? Did you have more corner kicks than them?’ They just ask you what the final score was. Sometimes you have to win a game by rolling up your sleeves and battling. For the playoffs, it’s good preparation to go into a hostile environment and win a game against a team that is putting pressure on you and still being able to obtain a shutout.”
On his return to Columbus . . . “It was great. All of the people were great. On Thursday night after we had training, I went with my old team administrator and we went down to this place called Ruby Tuesday’s which is where the Hudson Street Hooligans always begin their march to the game. It was a tradition that I started when I was in Columbus that two days before the game we would go there and have a beer and it would help us win. I guess the tradition held for me but not for Columbus.”
On Columbus’ home unbeaten streak . . . “You have to win big games in order to believe you can win big games. That’s what we are starting to build here. Obviously, winning the U.S. Open Cup game in Washington D.C., winning this game in Columbus are the building blocks there. We still need to win a couple of big games at home as well to continue those building blocks for us.”