Here are some comments from the newest Sounder and from Schmid. (Note: These quotes were typed live and may not be word-for-word exact. I'll make any corrections once I've had a chance to review the recording):NKUFO on whether he will play against DC: Today first training session after 15 days off. Want to be a part of the team and playing tomorrow.
On joining a struggling team: For sure, you have all the time, but right now the team is in not so good position. … Today I saw players that really trained well, they show character, and we can hope for the next game to go back with the three points.
On higher expectations: I can understand. After last season, they want to see the team on the top. I think the players have bigger expectations too. We just have to find a way to be better as a team.
On his physical readiness: It was my first training session this morning, and mentally I think that’s the most important. I’m ready to be back on the field.On his role with the Sounders: It’s always hard to explain what I can do for the team. Maybe the team can do something for me. I have experience, and I’m going to watch and listen too, and I’m going to find with the help of my teammates my own way.
On his World Cup experience: You play against the best teams in the world. The team deserved to qualify. You grow up as a player, of course, but also mentally. I think this experience will help me handle this situation, too. It was really a great experience, and I hope I can share this experience with the young players as well.
SCHMID on Nkufo's availability for DC: Obviously we still need to get the international clearance, which would allow him to be on our roster. At this point, how many minutes he plays is something we’re still talking about. I don’t see Blaise starting but (he could play depending on how the game unfolds).