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Postgame: Evans update, Montero ready for EPL

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm with No Comments »
July 18, 2012 10:48 pm

Three quick notes from the Sounders press conference after their 4-2 loss to Chelsea FC tonight.

* Schmid said there is no firm diagnosis on Brad Evans, but perhaps he suffered a knee strain. (Evans tweeted later in the evening indicating the injury isn’t serious.)

*Schmid said he had planned to play goalkeeper Josh Ford in this game, but maybe planned something closer to 30 minutes rather than the full second half he ended up getting in relief of Bryan Meredith.

* Fredy Montero said he is eager to move to the EPL as soon as a suitable situation arises.

Here’s the sequence with Montero:

If he wants to play in the EPL: I would like to play there. I’m waiting for the right opportunity to come.

On if he thinks he could play there: For sure.

On if there are any offers on the table: I wish. I’m waiting for that.

Coach Sigi Schmid was sitting next to Montero as he spoke, so he also was brought into the topic:

On Montero’s desire to move to the EPL and if that is something he wants to hear as his coach) “I think every player wants to play at the highest level that they can possibly play. I mean, certainly there’s opportunities that exist that are there, is there a club that’s interested that’s there? I mean, his unique situation from a standpoint that you’ve got to have so many national team caps depending on what country you’re from, have played in so many games…so you don’t know what your opportunities are. But I want each and every one of our players to try and achieve as much as they want to achieve. If they’re not hungry and trying to get to that next level and they’re just very content and satisfied then maybe they lose a little bit of that edge, so you want guys to have that edge to play at the best level they can.”

On if he wants to hear his players aspirations to play in the EPL or another league that is higher up) “Always. It’s always been the same. I’ve had players on clubs go overseas at different clubs that I’ve coached. When I was a youth coach in terms of the youth national team and stuff like that, seeing players go to foreign teams was great. Even when I was a college coach and having players leave college early and turn pro. When they’re ready, they’re ready and you want them to keep going up to the best level that they can play at.”

On if he believes Fredy Montero is ready to play in EPL) “He’s ready to play at another level. It’s got to be the right situation, it’s got to be the right opportunity for him, and then you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

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