Here's a little more of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after Sounders training today at CenturyLink:
(On playing a day game at home...) "When you're playing a home game and it becomes a day game, it changes everybody's routine a little bit. When you're playing at home on a Saturday night, you're used to sleeping so-and-so long on Saturday morning, then getting up, and then you maybe taking a nap in the afternoon. There's no afternoon naps. Nap time is game time and guys just have to make sure that they have the right pattern on Saturday morning."
(On what they worked on in practice this week...) "We haven't gotten goals the last couple games, so we continued to work on it-put the guys in front of goal. We played with goals in tight today to get them comfortable in those situations. We worked on our attacking play, as well, so it's just a matter of executing and finishing. I think we have to do a better job of possessing the ball in our attacking end of the field, and I think that'll help us get more chances."
(On the injury status of Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson...) "Mauro is doing better each day. Johansson is close. Again, I don't know if this game is the right game, especially with us being off the next week. We'll make that determination for sure tomorrow. I think Rosales is maybe a little bit closer than Johansson right now."
(On the Colorado Rapids...) "They're a different team than they were last year. Last year, they were very English in their style of play. It was a lot of long passes, a lot of 4-4-2, a big striker, fast striker, stretch the defense, knock it forward. Now, it's a 4-3-3, they possess the ball. They try and possess the ball through all parts of the field and they try and get a lot of passes in, a lot of touches, so you've got to sort of get through that. And when they defend, a lot of times it looks like a 4-5-1 when they're defending, so they get a lot of people behind the ball."
(On Rapids forward Omar Cummings...) "Omar has speed. He's a very fast player so we have to make sure that we just try and keep him in front of us as much as possible and not get caught with a high line if we don't have pressure on the ball. And just make sure that we know where he is because he's a guy that they obviously look for. He's got to hold up the ball for their team and get other people into the attack."
(On the injury status of Andrew Weber...) "I think the final prognosis at this stage is that it's a high ankle sprain. At first, there was a thought that he might have fractured the fibula, but it's just a severe high ankle sprain, so it's probably a four-weeker."