The Sounders and Whitecaps met yesterday in an odd training game of 45-, 45- and 30-minute sessions, with new units sent on for each. Even at that, things got rough: 10 cards rough; red card rough; injured Mike Fucito rough; Sebastien Le Toux taking smack rough.
Above is an MLSsoccer.com video with Andrew Wiebe and Simon Borg discussing the match. Below some quotes from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid. (And we should have more from Sigi early this afternoon during a conference call.)
Overview)strong> "It's good. It's always better when you play somebody else besides yourself. I thought it was a little chippy at times with some of the tackles on both sides. I think we went into some bad tackles. I think they went into some bad tackles. But that's the nature of the beast and I think it took us the first five to ten minutes to get into the tempo of the game and realize that it was going to be like that. After that I thought the first team did well in the first 45 minutes and they didn't produce a goal. I was pleased with the way the second group started off. They got the equalizer and then they sort of faded a little bit. Overall I was pleased with what we got out of it and we got a lot of good work, the effort was good from the guys."
On Fucito) "Well, he got tackled pretty badly so we got to hope that it's not a more serious injury because he's got stud marks on his knee and up his thigh. So it was a little bit of a high challenge. He's also got a puncture wound there so you've got to make sure there's no infection and stuff like that because that could lead to a staph infection. We've got to be careful. It just kept tightening up on him because the blood was flowing in there so we needed to get him off the field."