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Tag: Sigi Schmid

July
11th

Schmid: ‘Chicago was the better team’

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Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after the Sounders’ late 1-0 loss at Chicago.

Overview: I thought overall Chicago was the better team. We did a good job of defending and holding on there. I thought Perkins played well in goal – he came up with a big save towards the end, but I thought Marshall and Zach Scott made a couple of big plays as well. We needed to be smart enough to get through and hold on to a zero-zero at the end of the day.

On the winning goal: It’s very frustrating because it was a counterattack goal and there were a couple of blown assignments. But at the end of the day the fault lies with me. We need to play better than we played today. We didn’t play well enough today. Read more »

July
3rd

Schmid on Sounders ending losing streak

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Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight as the Sounders snapped their three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over D.C. United:

Opening statement: Sometimes to get out of a little bit of a slump or the funk that we were in a little bit, a couple of things need to break for you, and it seems like it’s a struggle. It was a little bit of that tonight. But I thought we came out aggressively. When the numbers were even in the game early on I thought we were the better side. I thought we went after them at that point. When they received the red card, I thought we relaxed at little bit at that point and took out foot off the gas pedal a little bit and needed to keep pushing, which we tried to do when we came back in in the second half. We were a little bit fortunate with a couple of shots off the post. But I also thought we were around the goal the whole time. We had a couple of opportunities where maybe better quality on the crossing, maybe guys leaving their feet inside the box to get on the end of crosses might have resulted in another goal or two.
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July
1st

Schmid apologizes for comments after Open Cup; ‘Would never’ touch a referee

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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid spoke with local media today, expressing regret for his comments after the U.S. Open Cup loss to Portland last month when three of his players were sent off with red cards. (The particular comment was his explanation why he left the bench area before the game ended: “I didn’t want to get thrown out, so I just walked away from the bench because I was maybe going to choke a referee, so I figured I’d walk away before I did something stupid.”)

Here is Schmid’s statement from today:

I think the last two weeks have certainly been a tough period for the team, and a lot of people are pointing back to the Open Cup game, and people look at that game and say, ‘Three red cards: It must have been a really chippy, contentious game.’ I didn’t think it was a chippy, contentious game, per se. But certainly the thing I want to make sure of is the statement that I made after the game, you know in 40 years of coaching I’ve never touched a referee, nor would I ever do that. But I want to make sure that young coaches out there who heard that statement understand that that’s not the right thing to say. My father was a referee in southern California for years and years. They came over and played chess with him, and I’ve known referees since I was a teenager because of his refereeing and all that. There’s never been any animosity or anything like that. I just want to make sure that coaches who hear that statement understand that that’s the wrong thing to say. I feel bad about having said that. It doesn’t change necessarily how I feel about the refereeing performance, but that is never an appropriate wording or reaction.

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May
26th

Schmid explains lineup considerations for three games/nine days stretch

LogoSoundersAfter playing SKC on Saturday, the Sounders will play the Colorado Rapids at 7 p.m. Wednesday and then the New York Red Bulls at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Coach Sigi Schmid had this to say about how the club decides which players are able to play in all three games

We try to see how they recover. We do different things to measure their recovery. We see what their output was in the game. We see how they recover: OmegaWave gives us a little indication. Obviously, talking to them, asking them how they feel: We want them to be honest with us. You’ve got history with players, Read more »

May
23rd

Schmid disappointed with tie at home

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Here’s what coach Sigi Schmid had to say after the Sounders’ scoreless home draw with Sporting Kansas City:

Opening Statement:
“Obviously, we are disappointed with the tie at home, we always want to win when we are at home. I thought we had more possession—they certainly played deeper. Right from the beginning of the game they were trying to kill the game when they were taking 25, 30 seconds for every goal kick. We needed to move our play forward… and put a little more pressure on them. In the second half, we had really clean looks—(Lamar) Neagle really early on and the one by (Chad) Barrett. In a game like this you’re not really going to get 10 or 15 chances, maybe you will get one or two and you need to finish them when you can. That didn’t fall for us today.”
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Aug.
2nd

Two Sigi goose stories to pass the time

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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.’

“Then my other goose story – I have two goose stories – is Read more »

Oct.
12th

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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