Here is some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say at training this week, looking ahead to CONCACAF at home on Tuesday and the return to MLS play Saturday at Dallas.
On Comunicaciones) The majority of their players are in that good age between like 23-26. Having seen they play a few years ago they seem to definitely be an improved team, a lot of energy and they play with a lot of desire. They have some skillful players. The Uruguayan forward they have who they signed seems to be a quality player and then they’ve got some flank players who are quick and can dribble. It should be a good game, an exciting game.”
On importance of first Group Stage game…) “Obviously this is an important game because we are playing at home. This game and the game in Dallas on Saturday are two important games for us and games that we want to win, both of them. So we have got to be focused, we’ve got to be ready. We don’t want to look past Tuesday and we don’t want to look past Saturday.”
On preparing for Comunicaciones…) “As coaches we know more about them right now than the players know so it’s a little bit of a crash course but they will be ready. Obviously some of the guys for Guatemala played on their Gold Cup team so they saw some of those games so they have an awareness and we will show them some video tape as well.”
On available players for Tuesday’s match…) “Well [Osvaldo] Alonso can’t play because he is on two yellow cards so Alonso is not eligible for the game. We’re looking at guys who played. [Jhon Kennedy Hurtado] is coming back, [Leo] Gonzalez, [Brad] Evans, those guys are starters in my mind so if those guys can come in and replace some guys that gives us some fresh legs there. Then we will decide what we are going to do with the other players.”
On year two in CONCACAF Champions League…) “It’s better because a lot of our players have not really played internationally in Central America very often, with the exception of a guy like Leo [Gonzalez]. So for these guys now in year two they have an idea of what the travel is like. They have an idea of what the field is like. They have an idea of what the accommodations are going to be like. And that’s a big part of when you play in the CONCACAF region.”