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Schmid talks about Rose/Azira midfield choice

Andy Rose and Micheal Ariza seem to have seesawed a bit in the Sounders' midfield pecking order recently. Coach Sigi Schmid was asked today about what each brings and what he considers in making his choice.

"They’re each different players," Schmid said. "Rose gets forward, gets into the box a little bit more. Azira helps us a little bit more in our possession in midfield. It was a situation where I thought Andy came on through the Open Cup run and through those games there played really well for us and provided us with some really key moments and goals as well. And then because he’d been out for a while, just the accumulation of those minutes wore on him a little bit. I thought it was a chance to get Micheal back into the mix, and the last two games Micheal has played very well also. I thought he had a good game against Chivas, and I thought he had a good game in Colorado. I think he was like 80-percent pass completion in both games, and he’s provided us what we’ve needed in those games. But Andy is still a very big part of our mix, and sometimes it’s going to depend game to game."