With the Sounders clinching their playoff spot last night, understandably less was made of a couple of sub items from the Kansas City game: Sigi Schmid moving into a tie for the lead in MLS career wins, and that tiny pitch.
Here's a good quote from Schmid on what getting to the playoffs with the Sounders means to him:
"I've had a lot fun coaching this sport. Last year in Columbus and with Columbus' showing this year, they're a tremendous team. We built a great team there and they'll carry it on. What we're trying to do right now is build the same thing in Seattle. For me, everything's been a different challenge. When it came to LA it was sort of 'hey they're a good team, can you take them to the final level?' and we did it. I come to Columbus and it was 'rebuild the whole thing' and we did it. And now we're starting something new and we're starting to get there. That's what makes life fun. An Irish friend of mine says 'if one doesn't accept the challenges life brings you, it's not worth living.'"
And here's Freddie Ljungberg's surprisingly update take on the CommunityAmerica Ballpark pitch:
"The grass is very good. The pitch was very good. It was small, but the quality of the pitch was very good."