The Sounders today concluded training for their 7 p.m. Saturday match at Qwest Field against Sporting Kansas City.
Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:
On Sporting Kansas City) “They are a very dangerous team. You don’t want to make it sound like they are undefeated at this stage but they are a team that has nothing to lose going into this game. When you are playing so many games away now the expectation, maybe even within themselves, is, ‘If we lose it’s no big deal. Our record on the road is maybe similar to what other teams are doing on the road.’ From that standpoint it’s a team that can play very loose and say, ‘Hey, maybe we will take some risks, take some chances. If we end up getting the win everybody is going to be ecstatic. If we lose it’s what everybody expected.’ From that standpoint they are a dangerous team and they’ve got some good offensive options, [Kei] Kamara, I hear that Omar Bravo could be back for this game … obviously [Teal] Bunbury are guys that are very dangerous.”
On Kei Kamara) “He’s a very good athlete. He’s big. From the time I drafted him to now I think he’s probably grown two inches. He’s gotten bigger. He’s big. He’s good in the air. He’s unpredictable in play and that makes it tough sometimes to defend.”
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On training this week) “The guys have been good. I think training was good. We gave an extra day off at the beginning of the week because we know we have a tough stretch coming up. I thought we needed to clear our heads a little bit. When we lost to D.C. we talked about starting another undefeated streak. We haven’t lost in the last two in that regard but we know we want to get wins too and not just ties. This is a game that we want to win tomorrow night.”
On Sounders FC injuries) “Mauro [Rosales] trained today so he was all right. It’s still always day-to-day in terms of making sure that he’s OK, but right now he looks good. [Erik] Friberg trained today. He was all in so he was OK. Brad [Evans] was closer today, but I don’t know if it’s going to be close enough.”
On date change for Philadelphia Union match) “You play games when you are supposed to play games. They tell you when to play so that’s when you prepare to play games. It eliminates some congestion during that time of the year in July but then adds some congestion in October. … There’s always benefits. If we play in July we’d be happy with it because it means we have October open. We play in October now and we are happy with it because it means we open up a little bit in July. We play when the bosses tell us to play.”