SCHMID:I think he gives us an attacking player who can play in wide positions, who’s a pretty good dribbler of the ball and technically pretty clean.
On if he might play Saturday at SKC: We might be a little bit shorthanded this weekend with Alonso out and Evans out as well with the national team. Oba had his nose today – surgery on his nose – so there’s a chance he could be out as well. So based on that I see him definitely in the 18.
HENDERSONHuge potential. Things have been a little bit of a struggle for him. We tried to get him once or twice and we were able to pull it off this time.
On what attracted the Sounders: His technique. His first touch is excellent. He’s very quick. He can create things in the offensive third. He can set up other players, and when he gets his chances he’s a good finisher himself.
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On finding more success here: It’s a new league. Sometimes a player needs a new situation. He’s been excited to come to America, and I think he’s going to settle in well.
On the relevance of Brazilian background: The top leagues in the world have Brazilian players. So maybe it’s a little bit of a sign for our league that we’re coming into being able to bring some of the top players here: young talented players. And we’re happy here in Seattle because we haven’t had many Brazilians here. ... We’re excited to have him.
Role: I think he can play anywhere in the midfield. I think his strengths are probably coming out of wide midfield. So he’ll be in competition with the other guys who have been in good form this year. So I think he’s willing to compete and work for playing time. I think in moments he’ll be dangerous going at players one-on-one. It’s important for us to keep the ball, and when he’s on the ball he can make things happen.
On Sounders first team or S2: I think it’s going to take a little bit of an adjustment for him, as players from foreign countries it takes some time to get used to the league and the pace, the physicality of the league. He needs to get some more fitness. But I think he’ll have a chance to try to break in and fight for a spot on the firs team.