Not much real news out of Sounders training today, but here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after:
(On the Houston Dynamo...) "You look at their team and they're a veteran team-[Andre] Hainault, [Bobby] Boswell, even [Geoff] Cameron has been around a while. Now you have [Brian] Ching, Brad Davis-they've been around a while. [Adam] Moffat was with me already in Columbus; he's been around for five years now. There's a real veteran group there. Dominic [Kinnear]'s team-they're all on the same page in terms of what they're doing and how they're playing. As a result of that, they feel really confident in their style and they feel very confident in their ability to get results."
(On if their experience playing Houston is an advantage...) "Every team presents different challenges when you go out there and play. There are certain teams that your particular style of play matches up well with and teams where your style of play doesn't match up well with. They're a team that, for us, is a little more of a difficult matchup because of the way they play and the way we play. It's a little bit different, so it always leads to games that are a little bit not the norm and a little bit more competitive. There's a little more emphasis on duels and winning challenges and so forth. For us, being familiar with them only lets us know we have to be prepared for them."
(In this one-game-a-week part of the schedule, will he settled on a starting 11 or if he will have more of a rotation...) "Our depth is good. I think [Marc] Burch and Patrick [Ianni] came in last game and played well for us. We can come back with Jeff [Parke] and we can come back with Leo [Gonzalez] and I don't think we lose much, there are other options that we have definitely down the line. To answer your question, you sort of settle into a team, but you've also got enough flexibility there that depending on the matchup or the weekend or maybe depending on who's in form and who's not in form, you might make a change or two."(On the injury status of Mauro Rosales...) "We still have one more day of practice, you never know what could happen. The option you choose also is a little bit of a reflective of the opponent that we play."
(On how their strength in set pieces affects the back line...) "Obviously, you want to be good in the air. Obviously, as part of our training we worked our goalkeepers a lot on crosses today and free kicks-tried to make sure they're ready and they're sharp for that. You don't want to give away free kicks. And corners, keep those to a limited number, that helps you defend them a lot better. But when they come we have to be prepared and if we can get better headers of the ball onto the field, then that obviously helps us."
(On Steve Zakuani's involvement in practice...) "We're trying to get him back into playing mode now after he went through a previous strength mode and hopefully we can step up his ability every day."