An earlier post had a little about what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say about CONCAF Champions League. Here's more of what he said in his post-practice interview:
On practice goals today) "Just trying to play. Played a little bit of 11-v-11. Talked a little bit about our tactics that we want to use in the game. Get the reserve players to simulate Santos a little bit. Work on our defending as a group, as well, so we're able to go over all those things together."
On Santos Laguna being in the middle of their season) "I think they're something like 10 games into their season, so that's obviously a good deal, a good stretch to be in. Their game fitness will be a little bit sharper, their timing should be fairly sharp, as well. That's something we're still trying to get. You don't get that final edge until you get out there and play games that are competitive games. We're pleased where we're at, and we're going to be ready."
On fans coming to Wednesday's game) "We want it as loud as possible. We want that home field advantage to be there for us. We also want our fans to be here for the experience of the Champions League because it's a unique thing. No U.S. team has won this in quite a while. We have to win the quarterfinal series in order to move on. We've got the first game at home, so the bigger cushion we can build, the better it is. The more things we have going for us-a little bit of cold weather is great, a loud group of fans makes it even better, and a team playing well makes it best of all."
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On the challenge of playing Santos Laguna in the first game) "It's definitely a challenge for us. I think if we're both in midseason form, it makes the challenge a little bit easier, but because those circumstances, the way they are makes it a little bit tougher for the American team in this round of this competition. It's going to take a little more of the mental fitness and a little bit of that mental will power, and that commitment and dedication from our players to make up for a little bit of the lack of sharpness that we have at this point. I'm confident that our team can do that."
On Eddie Johnson's progress) "He got through yesterday's practice very well. Practiced today all-in, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow. I think the chances of him being able to participate in the game-I don't know if it's going to be in a starting position or coming off the bench-but I think that's far greater today than it was two days ago."
On MLS teams having success in CCL) "It's something that represents our league well. For us to do well in the competition just like RSL doing well in the competition last year ends up being a good thing for our league. It ends up being a good thing for MLS and just our recognition in terms of the world of soccer."