Coach Sigi Schmid said today that he had individual chats with stars Fredy Montero and Freddie Ljungberg after the Sounders' 1-0 loss at Chivas USA over the weekend.
Schmid said he met with Montero to explain why he was benched in the 65th minute of the game.
"Most players aren't happy when they're going to be replaced," Schmid said. "That's pretty standard. I know when I played I wasn't too happy when I got subbed out. Whenever the sub card goes up you're looking the other direction, so he's trying to not look over there in case it's your number. It was something we talked about after the game as a team. And I'll be talking to them individually as well. But it is not an issue."
Schmid also met with Ljungberg about an ongoing concern that the former English Premier League star spends too much time quarreling with referees.
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"We need to concentrate, we need to focus on our game," Schmid said. "I don't want to talk about referees anymore. I don't want to talk about them all this season. They're out there and they're doing their job. We need to do our job."
Ljungberg clearly was steamed late in the game when a Chivas player went into his legs, and he explained today that he saw it as the kind of play that could have broken his leg and perhaps ended his career. For what it's worth, he said the Chivas player apologized after the game.