On depth) “Our depth is obviously with [Osvaldo] Alonso being out, and [Brad] Evans being out, and [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] being out for the season, [Michael] Fucito is another guy, that hurts our depth a little bit for sure. So certain guys are sometimes being asked to play positions that maybe aren’t even their best positions…For us right now it’s a game that’s another game in the step of playing better. That’s what we’re looking forward to is the opportunity to play L.A. again this Wednesday, tomorrow, and to play better than we played the last two times we played them.”
On playing the Galaxy twice in four days) “I don’t know if there’s an advantage, but you definitely got to be excited. If as a player you’re not excited when you played what you considered not to be a good game to get a crack at the same team probably has you excited. Now some of the guys are different guys out there. But for sure it’s an opportunity. We got time. Hopefully it won’t be a 120 minute game. Hopefully we will be able to take care of it successfully and sooner than that. If it’s 120 minutes and it’s penalties we’ll go that route as well. I feel confident that for a player on our team right now that this is a good opportunity.”
On outside competition being a good thing in a slump) “It’s good sometimes to have more games to allow you a chance to get into the rhythm. Sometimes you’d like to have some training days, but for us right now I think it’s a matter of getting right back out on the bike and riding around, and getting to play better soccer.”
On if Kasey Keller will start) “That’s something that we’re going to decide. We’ve talked about it. Tom Dutra and me are going to talk after we go in and we’ll make that decision.”
On if Keller needs a mental break) “Every position has different demands. Just like if you’re an attacking player you can make 20 mistakes, if you do two things right and you score a couple of goals you’re a star. If you’re a defender and you do 20 things right and make one mistake you’re a goat. And as a goalkeeper, yeah, you’re not physically running up and down the field but some of the toughest things to do in goal is when you don’t have a lot of action and now you’re called upon to make a big save. So the mental concentration and focus is a strain and a stress. It’s like a race car driver. He’s not exactly running around the track, but it’s a mental strain as well.”
And a quick scouting report on the game:
LOS ANGELES GALAXY AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC7 p.m. Wednesday, Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.BROADCAST: No TV or radio. Webcast at www.SoundersFC.com. Regular updates at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer and twitter.com/donruiztnt.HOW THEY GOT HERE: Both teams automatically qualified due to their position in MLS last season. The Sounders advanced by beating Portland on PKs. The Galaxy advanced with a 2-0 win over AC St. Louis.NOTES: Sounders FC is the defending champion and 7-0 all-time in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play. … No champion has defended its title in the tournament’s professional era (since 1994); however, five defending champs have returned to the final. The last club to repeat was the New York Pancyprian Freedoms in 1982 and ‘83. … The Open Cup was created in 1914 and is the longest running team tournament championship in the United States. It is open to amateur and professional clubs affiliated with U.S. Soccer. … The Galaxy swept the two meetings this season in MLS play: 4-0 on May 8 at Qwest Field, and 3-1 Sunday at Los Angeles. … The game is sold out. The Sounders advise fans with tickets to arrive early.NEXT: If Seattle advances, it will move to an Open Cup semifinal against Chivas USA on Sept. 1 at Starfire. The Sounders continue MLS play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, meeting FC Dallas at Qwest Field.