However, Sounders FC is among the eight MLS teams with one more game before the break. In fact, the Sounders’ date with D.C. United at 7 p.m. Thursday at Qwest Field will will be involved in the league’s final game before the two-week break.
"It’s six of one, half-dozen of another," coach Sigi Schmid said after light Sounders training today. "Having a longer break sometimes would be good, too. But it’s just the way it turned out on the schedule. And for us, with the amount of games we’re going to run into anywhen when we hit July/August, it’s probably good to get another game out of the way. Obviously we’re looking forward to the game on Thursday, looking forward to D.C. United coming here to play. As I said to the guys today, yesterday was just a step in the process, it wasn’t a culmination or it wasn’t, ‘Oh, OK, we’re there.’ We’ve got to continue to work and continue to get it right."
The rest of this week’s MLS schedule has Los Angeles at Real Salt Lake and Colorado at Chicago on Wednesday, and Philadelphia at Kansas City on Thursday, two hours before the Sounders game kicks off.
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That game will be telecast on ESPN2. Then, about nine and a half hours after the final whistle, ESPN will begin coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Mexico meeting South Africa, the host nation.
Meanwhile, a couple of other Schmid quotes from today's training session:
On Leo Gonzalez’s one-goal, one-assist performance against New England: “It was good. Anytime you get a goal from an outside back, it’s a positive for you. But Leo is a pretty resilient guy. He keeps battling away. He has had some tough assignments in our league because you have some fast wingers with Dane Richards, he has played against him twice already, and against Sainey (Nyassi). But he handles those guys fairly well. All of a sudden he becomes faster; I don’t know what happens in those games. But the goal he scored has definitely got to be a candidate for Goal of the Week and it was just a great strike.”
On change in formation: “The most important thing is just having a forward partner in the middle because Ljungberg, when plays the attacking midfielder, second forward, his comfort is to come back and get the ball and run at defenses. So what ends up happening sometimes is we don’t have enough people in front of the goal to take advantage of the service and I think down the line we’ll be able to take advantage of the service more. It makes us very difficult to play against as a team because we can attack you on the right and the left now. We can get behind you on both sides. And it means also when we do get behind you, we’ve got people in the box that can finish that off. So it seems that worked for us. But as much as that, let’s also make sure that our mentality was good going into the game. Our mentality was right and that helped us succeed. But right for us, I think it just fits us better. It allows us to play a more open style of game and that helps us.”