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Archives: April 2012


Schmid, Gspurning not overwhelmed by ferocity of scuffle at end of Sounders-Fire match

Chicago coach Frank Klopas and defender Jalil Anibaba apparently will miss one game each as discipline for their actions at the rough-and-tumble end of the Sounders’ 2-1 win over the Fire on Saturday.

Anibaba received a red card from referee Michael Kennedy for a tackle on Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez at the end of the game. Klopas was “dismissed” – a banishment from the bench area, which also brings a one-game suspension.

After the final whistle, both teams remained on the pitch for about a minute of heated words, pushing and shoving.

But neither Sounders coach Sigi Schmid

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Sounders coach looks back at Fire, ahead to Galaxy

Here’s some of the wide-ranging topics covered by Sounders coach Sigi Schmid after training today at Starfire:

On the 2-1 win at Chicago and the game Wednesday vs. LA…) “It’s always good to get a win. It’s good to get a win on the road, for sure. This game on Wednesday is an important game. We get measured against LA often enough-by you guys in the press and by ourselves, as well. It’s been a one-sided relationship in the last year to two years, but we need to turn it around. I’m confident in this team. We’re looking forward to

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Johnson, Schmid discuss late yellow for delay

Seattle’s win over Chicago ended sloppily. In addition to the post-game pushing and shoving mentioned below, there also was a yellow card awarded to Eddie Johnson for is minute-long exit from the pitch when substituted for.

Referee Michael Kennedy not only showed the card, but also seemed to add on a let-this-be-a-lesson-to-you amount of added time that more than compensated for Johnson’s long, slow walk

Here’s what Johnson and coach Sigi Schmid had to say about it.

“We were defending a lot during that spell. They had a goal and for me, I was just trying to take my time and give the guys a fresh breath of air, because we had been defending the whole night a lot. Myself, I wasn’t holding the ball up especially well. Hats off to our back four – those guys did a really good job containing the pace of their strikers, defending well from the back. It was one of those things where I knew I’d probably get a yellow card, but it was my first one, so I wanted to do anything I can from a psychological standpoint to help the team out.”

Eddie got a yellow card … and we talked about that today as a team, how Read more »


Fire coach, player discplined for actions vs. Sounders

A Chicago Fire news release issue today says:

“The Fire will be without the services of head coach Frank Klopas who was dismissed following Saturday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC. Additionally, defender Jalil Anibaba received a red card for his challenge in the seventh minute of second half stoppage time and will miss Friday’s encounter with Chivas USA.”

In this usage, “dismissed” means disciplined rather than fired.

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the incident:

“I know it was a little bit of a late tackle by [Jalil] Anibaba that he made on Leo Gonzalez. As the game was over and we were walking off the field my only concern was to get our whole team together, which we did. Eventually we got our whole team together and I just said, ‘Let’s stay here.’ We talked a little bit. We went over to our fans at the end of that, gave [the Fire] a chance to get off the field. I didn’t want the tempers to lead into the hallway to the locker room. I’ve seen that happen before in international play and other games.”

Here’s an explainer from the league:

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San Jose reserve wins MLS player of week honor

Steve Lenhart of San Jose was selected MLS player of the week today. Lenhart got my top vote, after scoring both goals in the Earthquakes’ 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. My second vote went to New York goalkeeper Ryan Meara.

Here’s the release from the league:

San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 8 of the 2012 MLS season. Lenhart scored two goals in San Jose’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at PPL Park.

Lenhart came off the bench in the 60th minute for Sam Cronin and found the back of the net just 16 minutes later. From inside the area, fellow substitute Marvin Chavez chipped a ball toward goal and Lenhart finished with a diving header.

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Sounders return for Wednesday match with LA

The Sounders return today from their 2-1 win at Chicago before returning to training tomorrow for their Wednesday match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at CenturyLink Field.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about this busy part of the MLS schedule:

On the fitness of the players facing LA on Wednesday:
“Obviously we have some tired bodies in there today, so we’ll see who can get back out there in our next game on Wednesday. It was good to see Adam [Johansson] go 90 minutes, he said he felt good. Mauro [Rosales], no issues with his knee, it was an early tackle by Segares-he nailed him in the ankle, so he’s got a pretty good bruise there.”

On facing LA in the next game:
“We want to win; we want to get three in a row at home. We always want to win at home. We want to measure ourselves against Los Angeles; they are the defending MLS Cup champions. They have all the star power. They have Keane, Beckham, Donovan; they have a good quality team. But our team has quality as well. It’s going to be a great match on Wednesday and we’re looking forward to seeing all of our fans.”
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Sounders on Gspurning allowing ‘Olympic Goal’

Chicago’s lone goal in its 2-1 loss to Seattle tonight came when Marco Pappa knocked a wind-aided corner kick directly into the net above Sounders 6-foot-5 goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say about that play and Gspurning’s overall play:

On Pappa’s goal:

“It was really unbelievable. We played the second half against the wind so I would say 70% it was a good corner kick, and 30% was the 50mph wind picking it up so I had to step up and by that time it had hit the post and gone in. I’m always a positive guy but I know it will be on all the season highlights now with this goal. But we were very happy with our performance and the three points.”

On feeling fit for the game:
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Johnson discusses first goal … and yellow card


Some Sounders’ reaction on Eddie Johnson’s game-winning first goal as a Sounder in tonight’s 2-1 win at Chicago:

On getting his first goal:

“I guess for a striker it’s good for confidence. The team sacrificed a lot bringing me here. It’s my second game and it’s important to get off to a good start. Without the effort from my teammates and the guys around me tonight, I don’t think that goal would have been possible for me. It wasn’t the best performance from us, but sometimes you have to win ugly. We’ll take the three points. It was difficult to come here – the Fire are a good team and we knew it was going to be tough playing here, but thankfully we showed good discipline for 90 minutes plus. We kept our shape; we were hard to break down at times.”

On his late yellow card for delay of game during his substitution:
“Yea, I was trying to kill time. They got a goal and after they went two-down, they were still knocking the ball around and when they got one goal, it gave them some momentum. It was a tough night for myself and Freddy [Montero], I think I tried to hold the ball up at times to give our defenders time to breathe. Like I said, sometimes you have to win ugly but it was good to get three points on an away win.”

On how it felt to play 90 minutes:
“It was tiring. I didn’t think I would go that long. I am still trying to build my fitness; I’m still trying to find that balance. I’m working hard and doing extra fitness throughout the week but it was good. From a physical standpoint, I was able to keep moving and keep trying to be dangerous and get in behind the defenders. I didn’t cramp up at all so that was a good sign. I will take the positive minutes and try to build up my performance from there.”

On Johnson’s goal and minute total:

“It helped his confidence tremendously. Plus he also basically played Read more »