One week before the start of the MLS season, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid weighed in today on the loss of his team's final preseason game (see post below) ... and also on the continuing labor dispute that could prevent a week from tonight's scheduled First Kick against Philadelphia.On cancellation of Friday's preseason game at Colorado due to severe winter weather: “It’s not ideal. We wanted to have a game and have a game with Colorado. But weather-wise for them it is very difficult. We offered them the situation of coming out here and playing us here because we would be OK weather-wise but that was something that was not able to be worked out for whatever reasons. Now we just have to move on. It’s just like the game itself, you expect one thing and you have to be able to adapt, adjust and make it work.”
On being one week away from season opener: “I think we feel ready. I thought yesterday we were very good at training. Today some guys looked pretty sharp. We will see how guys look tomorrow at training. We tried to go easier today because we are going to push hard tomorrow. I think we are pretty much there. You get to that point where everybody gets a little bit of butterflies in their stomach and everybody just wants to, ‘Let’s get going.’ Everybody is tired of waiting. You are at the stage where, ‘OK, let’s get on the field. Let’s do it for real. Let’s get rid of all of these practices. I don’t want to have to listen to Sigi again. I just want to get on the field and play and have it count, have it be for real.’ I think that is where everybody is at.”
On MLS labor dispute: “It’s at a stage now where it is going into the 11th hour. As some people have said, a lot of times in labor disputes at 11:59 p.m. is when all the decision get made. At the end of the day, I’m sure everybody feels this way; everybody wants to see this thing become resolved. So if we can resolve and move forward I think that is going to make our fans very happy and certainly going to make the players happy and make the ownership happy as well. I have been in soccer for a lot of years. I have seen it grow a tremendous amount over all those years and so sometimes I have the ability to know where we were at and know how far we have come. I think we still have a ways to go and obviously that’s what this is about, trying to move forward. But we have also moved a long way. If we can move forward significantly, we might not get all the way where we want to get to, but if we can move forward and keep this thing going. I think soccer has got a little bit of momentum in this country and we don’t want to lose any of that right now.”
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