I attended Sounders training this morning at Starfire, and will have more later. But for now, here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say
On moving forward from Saturday’s game vs. Houston at Qwest) “Short memory is always good. Obviously for us we can talk about the tough start where we are asked to play, the Houston game is a day up, so realistically now we are playing three games in like 10 or 11 days, which nobody in the league is being forced to do. As I’ve said before, that’s the price of our own success and that’s OK. Everybody wants to put us on their TV network because they want to get the buzz of the crowd and teams have their best games against us. But overall, I know the results haven’t been good but it’s not like I can be hugely displeased with the way we have played. I think in both games, the New York game especially in the first half we created four or five really quality chances. We can talk about finishing those chances and people have to do better. I don’t see any goals from [Juan Pablo] Angel or [Landon] Donovan or any of those guys but I see two great long distance shots from Juninho and that garners you all of a sudden four points. A little of bit of better fortune on a couple of our long distance shots, they go in the back of the net and we’re having a different conversation. I still have complete faith in this team. I think there are still a lot of points on the table. We said 99 after last game. There’s still 96, so there’s more than enough points for what we need. It’s a matter of us working a little bit harder, the breaks maybe go our way and continuing to do what we’ve done well because we’ve created chances.”
On Mauro Rosales’ play at New York) “I thought he did alright. It’s a new league so you’ve got to get your feet wet. It was difficult for him because I put him wide right, then I put him in the middle. He’s either wide right or he’s going to play in the middle of midfield for us at times so it all depends what we need.”
On what Mauro Rosales brings to team) “He’s an experienced player and obviously technically good. He’s played in Europe. He understands training. He speaks great English. I think he’s a good person in our locker room. I think people forget that we lost a little bit in our locker room. Sometimes people only look at the playing minutes but when you lose a Tyrone Marshall and a Pete Vagenas those guys are important guys in the locker room in terms of talking to the younger guys, passing on tips and things like that. Rosales gives us a little bit of that again because he’s got a good personality to him as you guys probably saw in the interview and he can talk to all of the guys on the team and he can share some of his experiences, and he already has. He helps us on the field. He helps us off the field.”
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On Nate Jaqua) “We’ll see. A lot depends now on how he feels tomorrow after doing it today. We’ll see. Obviously guys that are healthy we are going to consider for either the starting 11 or the 18.”
On what Nate Jaqua brings to team) “Nate in his one full year where he played the full year in 2009 had career-highs in goals and assists. Last year when we probably pushed too many minutes on him right through our Open Cup streak and so forth in that period of time he scored four goals in five Open Cup games, I think it was. He’s shown an ability where he’s a more mature player. He’s an improved player over what he was when he was a younger player in the league with Chicago and went from L.A. back to Houston and so forth. He’s a guy we feel can score goals. He’s a guy that we feel is a good compliment to what Fredy Montero brings. He’s a guy who can get on the end of crosses and bring a little bit of that size element to us up front.”
On Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans) “We’ll see. Again, we got to see how they feel tomorrow after what they did today.”