The Sounders had shrill-voiced audience today as their annual Camper Appreciation training session was held at CenturyLink Field.
Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:
On the mood of the club after 2-1 loss at RSL: It’s OK. Like I said before, it was a difficult game for us, but I thought we probably deserved to come out of there with a tie. What I was happy with was going down 2-0, we got one and I thought we were pushing for another, which was a good thing. We showed some of that spirit and resolve that we’ve had throughout this whole season. We just got to continue to do it. They were just highly motivated. They played a good game. We ran into a couple of teams lately that have played their best or close to their best games against us. If it takes somebody’s best game to beat us, they’re not always going to be able to bring that best game every time, especially when rest and everything else is equal. It’s just a matter of us getting ready now for the task at hand this week.
On the health of the team as it heads into its fourth game in 10 days or so: We’ve got to look at who’s fresh, who can play, obviously little niggling injuries come along sometimes. Marco Pappa, we felt it was too early for him to go on Saturday. I think he’s back in the mix possibly for Wednesday. The other guys that have come on – Andy Rose contributed, I think Cooper (too), Barrett obviously came in with a goal. So all those guys have to be prepared to contribute this time of year. (Evans) is OK. He was surprised he was able to do a little more than he thought he could go today — actually did a lot in comparison. He didn’t want to do just regular regen, he wanted to see where he’s at. So we’ll see how he is tomorrow and then we’ll make a decision.
On two opponents this week — San Jose and Portland — trying to get into the playoffs: Motivations for those teams is whatever motivates them, and obviously that’s making the playoffs. For us, what the motivation has to be is we have a chance to do a lot of special things this year, and we have to recommit ourselves and rededicate ourselves to do that. I think we are a committed team and I think we are dedicated to those goals, and we’ve got to realize that this can be a very special year. We’re in an Open Cup final, we’re in the hunt for the Supporters Shield, and then the playoffs loom at the end of the year. We can make this a very memorable season, but that’s in our hands. It’s a matter of us now grabbing hold of that. But I’m confident now the team is ready to grab hold of that.
On chasing in the West, rather than being on top: It’s always about individuals playing well. When individuals play well, teams play well and then we move forward from there. I don’t think we look at the standings and say, hey, we’re a point behind them or whatever, we’ve got games in hand. We get the win on Wedensday and move ourselves back up on top.