It’s one training session down and one to go for the Sounders before they return to the pitch Wednesday for their knockout match against the Colorado Rapids.
The guys who played a lot in the 1-1 draw with Los Angeles last night didn’t even take the pitch today, while the reserves did light work.
Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after:
On the fresh start of the playoffs: Nine teams are done. We’re one of 10 teams that are still playing. It’s an old mantra I keep saying: You can’t win it unless you’re in the playoffs. We’re in the playoffs. We’re starting in the same position as L.A. last year, a similar position to Houston. It’s just a matter of putting together a good streak of games.
On starters being limited to regeneration work: It is what it is. We know it’s going to be tough. But it’s tough for Colorado as well. This is where you want to be. You’d rather be doing this – getting ready for a game on Wednesday – that cleaning out your locker.
On his goalkeeper situation (he declined to name a starter): I thought Michael had a good game. It’s like I said: Is he the goalkeeper who gave up nine goals in two games, or is he the goalkeeper who’s averaged less and a goal per game for 40-plus games? I think he’s the goalkeeper who’s averaging less than a goal per game for 40-plus games.
On previous 5-1 loss to the Rapids: We got a bad taste in our mouth from that last game for sure. And we’ve got to make sure we get off to a better start. The start last time was terrible, and be awake on corner kicks. We feel that being at home is a plus for us. I thought we played some good soccer against L.A. on Sunday. I thought there were some good combinations looking at the game again last night – I watched the whole game – and looking at our overall play, I thought it was solid. If we can play in that same manner, I think things will take care of itself.
On players facing two games in four days: Right now you’ve got to play. If you’re ready to play, you’ve got to play. It’s the same thing for (Colorado).
On players who have been dealing with injuries: Leo (Gonzalez) got thought all of training today. Mauro (Rosales) did as well. Oba (Martins) did the majority of training. We’ll see how all of them are tomorrow.