Sounders coach Sigi Schmid gave this personnel update this morning heading into the Western Conference final opener tomorrow at LA.
On the availability of March Burch: With Marc Burch, we haven’t heard, so we don’t know what the situation is going to be there, the resolution of that.
On if it’s purely a league matter or if there might be club discipline: Right now we’re waiting to see what the league says. For sure, I think Marc issued a statement yesterday. I think what he did by doing that deserves a lot of respect and recognition from everybody, because it would have been very easy to not say anything; but he thought it was very important to come forward about it. He felt that he had made an error, and he wanted to express it that way, and I think it’s very commendable for him to do that, because I don’t think that would have been the case with everyone. So now we’re waiting to see what they say, and then we’ll make our own decisions as we go forward. But I know for him it’s been a very difficult time.
Health update: In terms of the health situation, I think that guys are getting better. Rosales is certainly better. We’re still maybe holding out some home there, but we know now that we’re in the first game of two with him, so we’re going to be a little more cautious because we think by next weekend he should be fully ready to go. … (Defender Leo Gonzalez) is making progress, but it’s the same as sort of Mauro. Our hope is a little more for him for the second game rather than the first.
On Eddie Johnson: He came thought OK. He had no issues or complaints. We’ll evaluate him later today and see how he feels. Coming back, sometimes you’re a little tentative about that in terms of making those runs and so forth, but I thought he did well and obviously had the respect of their back four, and that helps us.
On Christian Tiffert: I watched the replay a number of times and still don’t know how he got cut, and him just standing there watching the blood flow down his face and it didn’t seem he got bothered by that too much. For him, the playoffs are a new experience. It’s something that he hasn’t gone through in his time of playing soccer in Germany, so that’s a whole new thing for him. We asked him to play a new position on Thursday night than he had played the (previous) Friday by moving out wide right. He’s a good pro for our team. And whether we ask him to play in the middle of midfield, wide right, wide left, underneath the forward, he’s going to always give you his best effort in whatever position we ask him to play.