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Progress — but not readiness — for Ianni, Gonzalez

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm with 1 Comment »
October 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Here’s some more of what Sounders’ coach Sigi Schmid had to say after the club’s training session today at Starfire:

On the injury status of Leo Gonzalez and Pat Ianni: “Again, better. Getting better, so they were able to participate in pretty much a lot of the warm-ups today. Then we wanted to work with them on a little bit of fitness today, so we make sure they don’t lose fitness. We’re hoping that the early part of next week that they’ll both be either in training or very close to training.”

On the attitude of the team going into the game at LA on Sunday: “For us, the goal-as I’ve always said-is to finish in second, so we’ll have an idea because we’ll know the Salt Lake score before. We know that if we win we’re in second and so we’d like to get second place, and second place means we get the second game at home in that first series. It’s also a point thing, where we want to win the Western Conference at the end, and if we can win the Western Conference and say, for example, that Kansas City gets knocked off in the East, then that point total gives a chance to maybe host. It’s important for a number of reasons. Probably the most important thing is for our guys to stay in the rhythm. You don’t want to go, necessarily, two weeks without playing a game if you can avoid it. Especially when other teams are playing, so you want to make sure you stay in a regular rhythm.”

On if he would rather play the first or second leg of the playoff series at home: “Whichever way the first series works out, we’re going to take it as it comes. And whichever way the second series is, we’re going to take it as it comes. We know we have one at home, we know we have one away. We know we want to win at home and we want to get something on the road. If we win at home and get something on the road, we advance. It doesn’t matter what order that comes in.”

On what he wants to accomplish in the LA game to prepare for playoffs: “[We] just want to continue to do what we’re doing. Concentrate on our possession when we have the ball, concentrate on our defending as a group, continue to defend well. I know we gave up a goal against Dallas, but we’re only giving up I think one goal in our last four or five games. We have to continue to work on that-that we have a good reaction in transition offensively and defensively.”

On preparing for LA: “It’s a little bit hard. I heard that their play-in game is going to be Thursday, not Wednesday, so I guess [Coach Bruce Arena] has a little more time now. Thursday through Sunday is a shorter turnaround than Sunday through Thursday, so we’re going to see more of his first team. I don’t know if he’s going to play guys who have a little bit of knocks. Is he going to play [Landon] Donovan? Is he going to play [David] Beckham? I really don’t know. He’s probably thinking the same thing. He wants his guys to stay in rhythm, he doesn’t want their last game to have been a week ago or ten days before they play. I think he’s going to be cautious as to who he plays, but I think you’re going to see a lot more of a first-choice lineup than what he put out against Metapan.”

On preparing for LA, not RSL: “You have to approach the playoffs the same way you approach the regular season-you approach it one game at a time. All of a sudden now to go, ‘Oh, we need to prepare 10 days for Salt Lake to make that happen.’ No. Every day we prepare to be a better team and to play well. Playing well and being a good team is what’s going to help us defeat Salt Lake. We have to aware of what we’re doing and take care of game. Obviously, as a coaching staff, we’re already looking at Salt Lake, we’re already preparing ourselves, looking at old games and things like that, but that’s us. Right now, the players need to be focused on LA.”

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    Sigi is a genius

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