Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid attended the 3-2 Reserve League win over Los Angeles on Sunday, but wasn't available to the media afterward, leaving that to reserve-team coach Ezra Hendrickson.
However, today Schmid weighed in on the debut of midfielder/forward Mario Martinez and the two-goal performance of midfielder/forward Steve Zakuani.
On Martinez: "It was OK. It was his first time with the team so he's getting to know the guys. It's not like he really had massive training time with the team, so it was the first time he got to go out there with them on the field. For them to see him-they're not quite sure where he wants the ball or what he wants to do with it. I think all that will get better. It was already better today than it was in the game."
On Zakuani: "He had a great second half, but the first half he wasn't as involved as I'm sure he would have liked to have been. That's all part of it, especially in the situation he's in right now. He's a guy that's coming off the bench, you've got to be able to jump in and get involved in the game very quickly. If you need 45 minutes before you become involved in the game, it becomes difficult. I'm sure that's what he was displeased with."
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(Schmid was correct about that. After the match, Zakuani said he would have traded the two goals for a more complete 90-minute effort.)