During that conference call this morning Cal FC coach Eric Wynalda was asked how his team would do in MLS, if the players could all quit their day jobs and devote themselves to soccer in a professional training environment:
"Well, we'd be bigger in a hurry, wouldn't we? That's a big part of it," he said. "Look, I think this team would be very competitive in a week in and week out schedule. Obviously we'd need a little bit more depth, and that's part of it, but our group and our total list of players that are available for selection is 29 at the moment. And yeah, if I had the resources to pay these guys what they deserve, this could and should be an MLS team."
Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid -- whose team will face Cal FC tomorrow -- placed the amateur club on a lower tier."This is a team that's quality," Schmid said. "... If they had the money to play them in the USL league, they would probably be a very good USL team."
Schmid was then told about Wynalda's belief that his team could compete in MLS.
"I don't know his team that well," Schmid said. "Eric knows his team better than me. Eric's never lacked for confidence, so he's just expressing confidence in his team."