Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after the training session at Starfire:
On the Crew: They’re a team that’s been around .500, and they’re a team that’s had some good games and also is suffering through a lot of injuries and overcoming those: So, they’ve had to shift there lineup a lot. But there are some guys playing really well right now. Justin Meram’s doing well, scoring some goals for them. Obviously (Milovan) Mirosevic is a good player. I know he got taken out early last game, so we don’t know if he’ll be out there. But Dilly Duka is about ready to come back. He’s a dangerous player. And Eddie Gaven is always a guy you’ve got to know where he is because he can pop up in some dangerous places on you.
Schmid, of course, coached Columbus before taking the Sounders job. He said that connection is fading as the seasons pass.
"It’s always over years there are less and less people that are there," he said. "Obviously with (coach Robert Warzycha) still there and Mike Lapper, one of the assistant coaches, and the team administrator is still there – people like that. Eddie Gaven, Chad Marshall … Danny O’Rourke are probably the three main players that are still there – and the goalkeepers Andy Greenebaum and William Hesmer. Over the years, always, that becomes less and less.
When you go from one team to another, the memories are a little stronger, and then over time it fails a little bit.
On if connection with the Galaxy remains stronger) The only thing with LA that maybe keeps that connection a little more so is I still have a home there. So I’m there a lot of itme in the off-season, in December, so you run into people. That’s what keeps that connection. Or you go down and you do something with (American Youth Soccer Organization), I have a strong connection with AYSO, which started in that area. So that sort of keeps that connection a maybe little more alive than the connection with Columbus."
Schmid said the circumstances of the endings with each club -- being fired from the Galaxy, while walking away from the Crew -- "is ancient history."