Here's what coach Sigi Schmid had to say this week about his philosophy for deciding who kicks and in what order:
"I worry about that with about five minutes to go in overtime. We had no problem taking penalty kicks in Portland. We’ve had issues scoring penalties in MLS games for some reason, but we had no problems scoring with penalty kicks in Portland. That’s something I have thoughts and I have an idea, but sometimes you don’t know who’s on the field at the end of the game, sometimes you don’t know who’s carrying an injury, sometimes guys are just so fatigued they just feel they don’t want to hit it. So there are different reasons maybe why a guy steps up or doesn’t step up at the end of the game. But it’s a decision that I usually make with about five minutes to go."
I also talked this over with Nathan Sturgis, who took and hit the Sounders only PK in league play last month in Columbus.
On whether he's sure to be among those kicking:"It depends who’s on the field, who’s feeling good. I’m sure I’ll be in the pool. That will be a big kick if that ends up happening."
On if he would approach keeper William Hesmer the same way: "It’s definitely different going against the same keeper multiple times. You want to read him, he’s trying to read you. Good placement. It’s definitely mind games. I’ll figure it out then."