One of Sigi Schmid' many charms is his ability to give nice clean clear scouting reports of each week's opponents.
He did again today, starting with a little joke:
"Whoever put that team together originally did a good job."
The joke, of course, is that Schmid was the guy who put most of this team together.
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But that also makes his scouting report all the more interesting, because few people know this roster better than he does.
"They're a good team," he said. "They haven't always gotten the results that they wanted this year, but they're a dangerous team. There's good speed on the flanks with (Emmanuel) Ekpo and (Robbie) Rogers. Schelotto is Guillermo -- he's a player who lives for big games, lives for big moments. When he comes on the field he'll be motivated – he's a big game player. (Alejandro) Moreno plays very very hard. Those front four you've got to be concerned about. Their midfield right now is in a little bit of flux with (Brian) Carroll being hurt, but they have enough bodies there. Chad Marshall is very very dangerous on set pieces, so we've got to be aware of that as well."
As for Schmid's current team, the coach said his Sounders are getting healthier.
It looks like Freddie Ljungberg is ready. Brad Evans seems about 50-50. And Osvaldo Alonso is out.
However, Schmid indicated that any openings at midfield might not be solved simply by moving in another midfielder such as Pete Vagenas or Stephen King, as he suggested that defenders Nathan Sturgis or Patrick Ianni might be moved forward, thereby creating another opening to be filled on the back line.
Good as Schmid is at scouting reports, he's at least as good at keeping his lineups secrets.