Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after Sounders training today at Starfire:
On status of Chad Marshall: He’s been bothered a little bit by a little twinge, and so just as precautionary we said, ‘Let’s see how it feels today,’ because he said it felt a little sore when we started practice. We said, ‘If it bothers you at all, let’s just go in and we’ll wait for tomorrow.’ So, it was more precautionary than anything.
On Brad Evans: He’s doing better, We just wanted to keep him off his feet, so he went inside and did some bike work and ran on the treadmill. … We’re hoping (he’ll play in Toronto).
On Michael Azira as possible replacement if Evans can’t go: He’s just a good, solid, steady player. There is a not a lot of flash or things to his game that way, but when you analyze his game there’s a lot of good nuts-and-bolts things that he does on the field. He keeps possession. He wins his fair share of tackles. He’s good at his timing coming forward late. But he’s just a good team person: He covers for people when they go, he just does the little things that some players need to do to make teams work.
On if artificial surface at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will affect lineup: Every turf is obviously a little bit different. I don’t know if it affects our lineup. We’re going to go up there with the best team we can and start the best team we can. I don’t think we play very many games on grass in the first couple months of the season: Most of the games that we play are on either on turf at home or away. We’ve got Portland as well, and now Montreal is a turf game as well. We just have to deal with it.
On specifically is Leo Gonzalez’s status could be affected: No. If Leo’s ready, he’ll play.
On Lamar Neagle, who spent a season in Montreal: Obviously last year was a good season for him, a confidence-building year for him, and he’s got to build upon that. I think he’ll be the first to say he probably wasn’t as sharp in his first two games as he would’ve liked, and hopefully that sharpness will come along. I’m sure he’s motivated to play against his old team.
On Jordan Morris training with Sounders today: Well, obviously he’s one of our academy kids and he’s on school break right now, so he can come back and train with us for a few days. The college experience helps a lot of players, as we’ve seen with DeAndre and Sean Okoli, and he had a good experience at Stanford last year, and he’ll continue to grow.
On goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s first two starts: I think it was difficult for him on the two goals that Toronto scored because the shot opportunities were pretty clear-cut, open chances for Defoe. He came up with a big save after that where he went to his right, made that save and tipped it over the bar. So, I think his feet have been good, he’s been solid in that way. Just as a team want to continue to win games, so we have confidence in him. I think he’s played well in the two games he’s played, but Marcus is right there, as well.
On his feeling two games in: I think we played better in Game 2 from a standpoint of the soccer and knocking the ball around and getting in behind their midfield line and creating chances. I think when you look at the game and look back on it, there were some pretty good chances that we had. It’s just a matter of our finishing has to be better. We have to make sure we get behind the back four a little bit better. But I thought there was definitely an improvement in the soccer from Week 1 to Week 2.