What I took as his most interesting comment was the one quoted in today's story, saying the trading of Freddy Ljungberg was the key to the Sounders' midseason turnaround.
However, here is more of what he had to say:
On MLS' success here) I do think it’s a much greater challenge for MLS in the markets of New York and LA than it is in Seattle. I lived in Tacoma – Seattle/Tacoma – for close to two years. Even in the ‘70s, I thought Seattle was a soccer market, and they embraced the sport, obviously. I don’t need to give you the history of soccer in Seattle. But it just seems to me that the sport and the league is embraced much differently in the Seattle market, and the evidence is obviously the 35-something-thousand a game. In New York and LA there’s obviously a lot of competition for the sports dollar. I don’t need to tell you, but we have the Lakers, Seattle lost their NBA team. I just think they’re different settings. I don’t think there’s a finer city for the sport in this country than Seattle.
On the playoff structure that has his top-seeded team playing Seattle -- the sixth seed -- rather than the eighth) "I don't care one way or the other. We've known all along how the postseason is set up. You can't worry about it. In the way I look at it, in the playoffs you're going to play good teams regardless. Happens to be Seattle. I guess if you're talking 1-to-8 it would be San Jose, but at the end of the day, they're all tough teams. None of the games are going to be easy. It's not anything that I'm spending a whole lot of time worrying about.
On facing Sigi Schmid in the playoffs for the first time) "I think Sigi is a great coach. Everyone that knows Sigi away from Seattle finds him to be a really good person. He's extremely bright and we have the greatest respect for him. For me at the professional level, to face him in an important game like this is fun and it's certainly challenging. Again, I didn't realize the fact that you've mentioned, that we've never seen each other in any kind of postseason play, so this should be fun. Hopefully it is."
If there anything to take from LA-Seattle meetings earlier this season) "I think it's a clean slate. Obviously it's been a while since we've played but the playoffs are different as well. It's a different type of mentality, a different approach. To me it doesn't matter if we've been successful in our previous three encounters or not successful because as you say, it is a clean slate."
On the relevance of playing a team five times in a year) "Four is no different than five. The Open Cup is a little bit different. And it was odd. We played them on Sunday here and then went to Seattle for a game on Wednesday and played a game on a turf field at their practice facility, so it was certainly different. I think in that game they played very well and they deserved to win."