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Tick, tick, tick: not nerves, but ...

In his final pre-match meeting with media before Sunday evening's Western Conference final against LA, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked if he has difficult sleeping before a knockout match or has any particular way of dealing with nerves.

"You always have butterflies," he said. "If you don’t have butterflies then you have to stop coaching and you have to stop playing. Every good player I think has butterflies going into a game. You always have that feeling, but it’s not nerves, it’s like anticipation, excitement, like an ‘OK, let’s get going’ type of a thing. It’s not nerves, and I think every player and every coach, you sort of have a routine – some call them superstitions – but you have a routine that you sort of settle into, and that routine sort of calms you down so you’re ready for the storm."

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