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Sounders turn attention forward to Red Bulls

Here's some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told today from training for the Saturday match at New York:

On following the U.S. Open Cup win: "We’ve got to go forward. We enjoyed the Open Cup, we enjoyed the victory. I wanted the team to feel good about it and enjoy it and celebrate it. But now it’s back to business. We’ve still got other goals this season, and this game on Saturday is important to achieving that."

On turning around quickly on the road: You always want to put out your best team. I think obviously with this stretch of games we’ve got facing us right now, we’ve got to be a little bit smart, a little bit careful with some of our players. It was a 120-minute game on Tuesday. So 90 minutes on Saturday should be easier, but it’s just a matter of us being sure that we make the best decisions in terms of the health of our guys. … Some guys recover a little quicker than others. Some guys maybe the game was a little less physical on them than it was on other players. So it’s really individually you need to go through, and it’s also where you have your depth and where you have you numbers.

On facing the Red Bulls after their CCL loss at Montreal on Wednesday: Obviously they left all of their guys home and rested, so they’re putting their whole emphasis on the playoffs, and Champions League is definitely a second seat for them. They’re a team that wants to get the points. They’re in a very tight race in the East and so for them points are a necessity.

On MLS goals-leader Bradley Wright-Phillips and the Red Bulls' attack: We’ve got to see if Phillips plays. He’s been out for a little bit. … Henry and he have a good relationship. He gets into spaces well. He’s a little faster then you think he is. We know he’s fast, but he’s maybe even faster than you think he is, and he’s better in the air than you think he is. He’s a player we’ve got to be aware of, especially when Henry has the ball.

On the play of Seattle keeper Stefan Frei: We’ve been happy with Stefan all season. I think his performance has gotten stronger as the season goes along. His confidence is growing. He’s a goalkeeper the team that right now is No. 1 in the league. I think that helps his confidence.