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Two Sigi goose stories to pass the time


Waiting, waiting, waiting for 7 p.m. and the Sounders’ first kick in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League?

So, by popular demand (OK, one reader) to help pass the time, here are the two promised goose stories from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, told yesterday after training.

“When I brought in Emmanuel Ekpo – he was a player from Nigeria that I brought into Columbus — there were a lot of geese that sort of walk around, especially in the summer. And so he was driving with one of his teammates some place and they had to slow down because there was this troop of about 15 geese that walked in front of the car, and he kept asking the player, ‘Whose geese are these?’ And the player goes, ‘I don’t know. They’re wild geese.’ And he goes, ‘No: Whose geese are these? Who is the man who owns these these?’ He goes, ‘I don’t know, they’re just wild geese.’ (Ekpo says), ‘I must know the man who owns these geese because man who owns many geese is wealthy man in Nigeria.’ So that became sort of a slogan within out team: Whenever we saw geese, we’d say ‘Who owns these geese.’

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Reader report from Town Hall soccer discussion

Sounders Insider reader/commenter ElmoCatt attended the soccer-themed event last night at Town Hall Seattle and filed this report (with a few editing liberties to conform to TNT style):

Here are some notes for the Soccer Insider crowd – I attended the soccer presentation by author Simon Kuper along with Arlo White and Sigi in Seattle on Tuesday night, referenced a couple of blog items prior.

Characters in the game today
KUPER: Because of the amount of money and corporate involvement in soccer now, players have to be more bland and less controversial, rarely have much of interest

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Countdown to Ljungberg arrival begins

With a pair of CONCACAF Champions League games behind them, the Sounders began training today at Starfire for their return to MLS competition Saturday when playoff-rival Chicago visits.

Visiting with them, of course, will be original Sounders DP Freddie Ljungberg, so a lot of media questions today were variations on that theme.

I’ll have some of the answers from general manager Adrian Hanauer later, but for now, here are three takes from coach Sigi Schmid:

On Ljungberg’s return to Seattle: “It’s emotional, for sure, because he was a member of this team and he was a very important member of

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Marshall: With no setback, he should go

The Sounders got off the practice pitch this morning before the rains arrived. Now their scheduled to fly out around 1:30.

The main news from training with the most optimistic take yet on the availability of defender Tyrone Marshall.

“He worked yesterday,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He trained and then he did everything with Dave Tenney, our fitness coach. We wanted to see how he came back this morning. He had no problems and said that it felt better than it did yesterday. Today he went through the full training and he feels fine. [. . .] He did

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Is Houston’s ‘advantage’ a disadvantage?

The Sounders’ first-round MLS playoff series will start in Seattle and conclude in Houston, and normally that’s an advantage for the Dynamo.

It’s a two-game aggregate score series, so after playing on the road, Houston will go into the second game knowing exactly what it needs to do goal-wise to advance. And it will have the advantage of getting to do it on its home pitch.

That’s the general rule.

However, in this specific case, it seems to me that Houston is paying quite a price for that advantage. Remember, the Dynamo played this afternoon in Los Angeles. Now rather

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Plenty to play for as final MLS week begins

A still-important final week of MLS play begins tonight when Chivas USA visits Chicago in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 5 p.m.

Then there will be a pause until Saturday, when the biggies will be San Jose’s visit to Los Angeles, and of course FC Dallas’ game at Sounders FC — each kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

But it’s likely that the final MLS standings and playoff pairings will go down to the final day: Houston at Chivas at noon Sunday, followed at 3 p.m. by the league’s regular-season finale: New England at Columbus.


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Schmid ties MLS record, another honor ahead?

Considering the win over Kansas City pushed the Sounders into the playoffs, considerably less attention was paid to Sigi Schmid drawing even with Bob Bradley with an MLS record 124 coaching wins.

I asked him today if he had take any time to consider that personal achievement.

“I haven’t really thought about that,” he said. “You just go from game to game to game. When I was in Columbus and got my hundredth win, I didn’t even know it was my hundredth win until they told me before the game. All I want to do is continue to do well

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Sounders fly away as MLS milage champs

According to a press release, the Sounders’ final trip of the regular season this weekend will push them to the top as the most-traveled team in MLS… a not-necessarily-wanted achievement that has also been achieved regularly by the Mariners and Seahawks and the late-great Sonics.

Anyway, I talked to some of the Sounders about that this week. And that is the focus of my story in the Friday paper.

Meanwhile, here’s an overview from Sigi Schmid: “Certain teams in our league certainly have an easier time of it travel-wise. Having coached in LA and then in Columbus, I think

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