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Oct.
27th

In playoffs, “throw everything out the window”

The MLS playoffs kicked off last night with New York winning at Dallas, and for Sounders coach Sigi Schmid the take-away message was to buckle up because it could be a wild ride.

“You throw everything out the window,” he said. “Obviously the playoffs are all different. You’ve got the No. 10 seed knocking off the team with the fourth-best record. I thought New York played a very conservative game and stayed very deep and took away Dallas’ speed as a result of that, and Dallas just couldn’t quite capitalize on the opportinities they got. Some people are saying all

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Oct.
27th

Rosales gets platelet injection, jogs a bit

The Sounders have finished training for another day.

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked how Mauro Rosales’ is coming along from his knee injury.

“They did this thing called a platelet injection, which helps the healing process, speeds it along,” Schmid said. “But that causes a little bit of soreness for a couple of days. The expectation going today was OK, just have him ride the bike and walk a little but, but he was actually jogging. So that’s good. So we’ll see how he progresses.”

He also gave these health updates:

“Jaqua’s back full and into training. Carrasco was pretty

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Oct.
25th

Schmid: ‘We’re a team that goes on the road to win’

I posted Sounders’ coach Sigi Schmid’s comments on the Mauro Rosales injury in an earlier post. Now, here’s some more of what he had to say after training this morning at Starfire:

On if the feeling going into the playoffs this year is different than past years) “Yeah…I think we did a good job in that first year as sort of a, ‘That’s pretty good. Let’s pat ourselves on the back.’ Last year, because we got off to a poor start, it was a lot of work to get into the playoffs and there was almost a sense of relief.

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Oct.
24th

Turning point for Sounders? Schmid cites several

It’s easy enough to forget now, but this Sounders FC season started ominously.

The club lost the season opener to traditional nemesis Los Angeles at home and stood at 0-2-2 after four games.

However, the Sounders went 18-5-7 in league play thereafter to finish with the second-best record in the league. They also advanced to the quarterfinals in CONCACAF Champions League and won a third straight U.S. Open Cup.

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked this morning to cite a turning point in the season.

“. There were different points that happened throughout the season,” he said. “Certainly the win at

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Oct.
21st

Schmid finds meaning in “meaningless game”

Sounders FC will finish with the second-best record in MLS regarless of the result of its game tomorrow at Chivas USA, while Chivas already has been eliminated from the playoff race.

Still, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said the game has meaning for both sides.

For his team:
The message is the same: We want to play good soccer, we want to stay in our rhythm. We want to be smart. We don’t want to push anybody out on the field or overextend somebody’s minutes or put them into a situation where they aggravate an injury or create

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Oct.
21st

CCL: ‘When you get to the final 8 they’re all good’

The Sounders now know that when they resume CONCACAF Champions League play in March, they will be paired against either Santos, Pumas or LA.

We asked coach Sigi Schmid about the trio:

“They’re all good teams,” he said. “When you get to the final eight, everybody’s a good team. Whether it’s Pumas or Santos Laguna or the Galaxy, they’re all going to be tough games. But if you want to win a championship you’re going Read more »

Oct.
20th

Schmid says he has no playoff-opening preference

The 10 MLS playoff participants could come known tonight depending on the result of the New York-Philadelphia game (5 p.m., ESPN2).

However, the Sounders’ opening-round opponent won’t be known until late Saturday after the results from the Real Salt Lake and then perhaps the FC Dallas games come in.

We asked Schmid today if either of those teams might be tempted to see the fourth seed and the Eastern bracket as a more appealing route than coming through Seattle as the third seed.

“The playoffs are the way they are,” Schmid said. “We can argue about is it structured the right way, should it be seeded all the way 1 through 10. Those are all things that you guys can discuss, but at the end of the day these are the rules that I’m faced with as a coach, so this is what we’ve got to be prepared to do. Even thought the top three teams are going to play off against east other and knock each other out, that’s just the way it is and we’ve got to live with it.”

Schmid also said he has no preference between opening in Utah or Texas.
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Oct.
20th

Sounders trying to ratchet up intensity for playoffs

The Sounders have concluded Thursday training at Starfire. To me and some observers, it seemed a little more chippy and intense than usual. However, coach Sigi Schmid didn’t fully agree when asked.

“No, he said. “We had a film session before practice. We tried to point out some things. We wanted to make sure the guys are ready to ratchet up a level because that’s what you’ve got to do. It’s not like we need to change anything drastically. We just have to be a little sharper, a little more alert, a little more intense. We wanted to make sure we get that part of it right.”

Fredy Montero had a couple of notable scratches on his face, but those didn’t come today but instead Tuesday against Monterrey.
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