Sounders coach Sigi Schmid met the media today after training, and the top news was the team's improving health at midfield.
“Mauro [Rosales] feels fine after the game so we will see how he feels tomorrow but he was fine today and did what he had to do today, normal stuff," Schmid said. "[Brad] Evans was in training today and so he said he felt fine. We will see how he feels tomorrow. [Erik] Friberg was in training as well so he feels fine. And again, each day we will see how he feels.”
More from Schmid:On importance of this weeks pair of games: Wednesday vs. Dallas, Saturday at Salt Lake) “Obviously important games because we are playing teams in our division and that’s always important, measure ourselves against Dallas, measure ourselves against Salt Lake in Salt Lake is going to be important for us. But the first task at hand is Dallas at home and we want to do very well.”
On FC Dallas) “They still have a lot of threats. Obviously Brek Shea had a good season for them last year and he’s still a good player. The players up front for them, Marvin Chavez has been playing up front. He’s fast. They’ve got good team speed. [Fabian] Castillo, the other forward, has good speed, good quickness as well. They bring in [Eric] Avila off the bench. He’s another guy who is pretty quick. […] They are a team that is trying to adjust also and they’ve had a good streak. They’ve had quite a few home games in that streak and they took advantage of their run at home. We need to do the same.”
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On three matches in eight days) “Well, today we didn’t train very hard, making sure we get some energy back. It’s just a matter of everybody managing their bodies. A three-game in a week schedule is something that we’ve experienced often times in the past, especially last year and we will experience that again in the future. It’s a matter of you got to look at your individual players. Some guys might need a rest. Some guys can come back on pretty short notice. Obviously we have got some guys who are injured who we are still trying to work back into the team so maybe that will give us the opportunity to rest some people as well.”
On the diamond midfield) “We might switch back this week, so you don’t know. It’s just a matter of, again, you use the talents of the players that you have. We wanted to see how it would look with Mauro [Rosales] underneath so we wanted to take a look at that. We wanted to open up some space on the flanks for our outside backs. I thought [James] Riley got forward at times. Tyson [Wahl] got forward at times as well. We just figured it suited our personnel a little bit better. ... A system is merely a conduit to allow the players to best use their abilities and that’s what we are trying to do.”