Like a lot of us, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was up this morning in time to watch the World Cup performance of Switzerland and future-Sounder forward Blaise Nkufo.
Here was Schmid's take:
“I thought it was OK. When he was playing with [Alexander] Frei up there at the beginning of the game they had their regular partnership going although Chile is a very defensively active team so they made it difficult for Switzerland to really get into a rhythm. But then with the red card, it changes everything. Then Frei has to go wide, he’s up high on his own, they have to take Frei out. So it became a more difficult game for him as a result of that. Again, he did a good job of holding up the ball, allowing his team to connect off of him. A role of a player is different on every team and his role for them is a guy who’s going to hold up and put others into play and not necessarily be the guy who gets put into play at the end himself. But that’s something we expect more from him when he gets here.”