At Friday training, I had been struck my how many Sounders were stressing the goal of holding LA "to zero" in the home leg of this two-game aggregate score series. And coach Sigi Schmid continued the theme today, when I asked him -- considering the Galaxy's firepower -- if he would feel a need to push forward aggressively if even or even a single goal up in the second half tomorrow.
“The object is not to give anything up at home, for sure, and to walk away with a victory," he said. "If we can win at home it puts the pressure on them when they go back home to come at us. So the most important thing is to win, whether that’s 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 is not as important to me. For me, it’s always about are we creating chances? Are we holding onto the ball? If we are up 1-0 and we are creating chances and we are holding onto the ball there’s no reason to try to come with an extra attacker and press the issue or anything like that.”
Schmid on other topics:
On Terry Boss's availabilty) “Boss is healthy. He has come through the trainings well so he is over the injury that he had. He will be the number two tomorrow.”
On if the team is ready for playoffs) “Yeah, we are ready. I thought we looked sharp today at practice. The ball movement was good. We scored some good goals. The guys are excited, looking forward to tomorrow.”
On what the game means) “The game is the same. How you play the game, what you do on the field, it’s all the same. The result is what makes it a big game in people’s minds because of the occasion. But the game and how you play, the work you put in, the enthusiasm that you put into the game, that’s all the same. And that’s what we always try to convey to our team. It’s just another soccer game.”
On David Beckham) “He adds a dimension. Obviously on set pieces he is extremely dangerous. His corner kicks are a weapon that adds something to your team. His ability to find players makes them more dangerous on the counter because he has an ability to find players with long, accurate, incisive passes. So anytime you add a player like that to your team you become more dangerous and as long as you have a way to balance off and cover for what he doesn’t give you then you become a better team.”