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Veracruz isn’t Tigres, but Sounders hope to learn from today’s Desert Friendly

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2013 at 6:40 am with No Comments »
February 22, 2013 6:42 am
These stands will be full tonight when Sounders FC plays a friendly against Veracruz of the Mexican second division.
These stands will be full tonight when Sounders FC plays a friendly against Veracruz of the Mexican second division.

Sounders FC is expected to go with something like its starting lineup at 6 p.m. today when in meets Veracruz in a Desert Friendly in Tucson.

Shalrie Joseph will not play, while Eddie Johnson and Adam Johansson are questionable.

Here’s our preview story from today’s News Tribune.

All tickets have been distributed — about 1,200. There will be no streaming, radio or TV.

Coach Sigi Schmid is expected to answer questions in a conference call later this morning, and I’ll pass along the highlights then.

Meanwhile, here’s a little more of what he had to say yesterday:

On scheduling Veracruz as a preview for CCL opponent Tigres: The rhythm, the pace of the game, is a little bit different. Just for them to get a feel for the rhythm and the pace of the game, to play against a team that plays at that sort of tempo and pace. Tigres is different. Tigres is actually a quick, very attacking-minded team. Veracruz is a team out of the second division, so we don’t expect the same. Still, for us, it will be a good run out.

On starting the CCL quarterfinal series at Tigres: I think we learned from last year when we went into Santos, and we have to do better than we did last year. Maybe that means we have to play a little more close to the vest, a little more conservative. We got countered out a little bit, and that hurt us, but I think we’ll do better this time.

On friendlies today and tomorrow, a week of training back home, and then the start of the MLS and CCL play: It’s just a matter of us trying to get into a rhythm as we approach the first game. You never feel it’s enough time. You wish it could be more games. But we can’t replicate league games. So for a team from the U.S., it’s very difficult in this round of the Champions League because the Mexican teams are 90-minutes fit, and we’re not 90-minutes fit yet.

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