When will the Seattle Sounders next face an actual opponent? We thought it would be this Friday in Denver, but then:
SEATTLE, WASH. – Due to severe winter weather forecasts predicted for Denver and its surrounding areas, the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders FC have cancelled their Charity Shield match that had previously been scheduled for this Friday, March 19 at 7 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
In looking at the potentially hazardous weather that is predicted to transpire over the next 24-48 hours, the Sounders FC and Rapids felt it was in the best interest and safety of fans, players, coaches and staff to cancel the match rather than risk any potential adverse situation. With travel conditions for Seattle not being advisable, both teams felt it was best for all involved to take this proactive position.
Now we we will have to wait to see if the March 25th opener at Qwest against Philadelphia comes to pass, or if the players strike. Steven Goff of the Washington Post has the latest in this ‘strike roster.’
The Sounders held practice today at Starfire. See the quotes from Head Coach Sigi Schmid provided by the club, below.
Sigi Schmid – Head Coach
(On cancellation of final preseason game at Colorado Rapids . . .) “It’s not ideal. We wanted to have a game and have a game with Colorado [Rapids]. But weather-wise for them it is very difficult. We offered them the situation of coming out here and playing us here because we would be ok weather-wise but that was something that was not able to be worked out for whatever reasons. Now we just have to move on. It’s just like the game itself, you expect one thing and you have to be able to adapt, adjust and make it work.”
(On being one week away from season opener . . .) “I think we feel ready. I thought yesterday we were very good at training. Today some guys looked pretty sharp. We will see how guys look tomorrow at training. We tried to go easier today because we are going to push hard tomorrow. I think we are pretty much there. You get to that point where everybody gets a little bit of butterflies in their stomach and everybody just wants to, ‘Let’s get going.’ Everybody is tired of waiting. You are at the stage where, ‘Ok, let’s get on the field. Let’s do it for real. Let’s get rid of all of these practices. I don’t want to have to listen to Sigi again. I just want to get on the field and play and have it count, have it be for real.’ I think that is where everybody is at.”
Fredy Montero. (Joseph Armand)
(On Fredy Montero and Freddie Ljungberg playing together . . .) “Sometimes I think they look for the ball in similar spaces. So that is something that we have tried to work on. We have tried to push Montero’s game higher up on the field because I think Montero is more of a goal-scorer and Ljungberg has always been more of a set up guy. So we are trying to have Ljungberg’s game come a little bit from deeper and have Montero’s game come a little bit higher. Without Nate [Jaqua] out there right now, he was sort of a counter balance to that, makes it a little bit harder. Obviously in the [2009 Lamar Hunt U.S.] Open Cup final they played that way and it worked very well and Montero had a great game playing high. He scored a big goal in that game as well. So it is definitely something that’s doable.”
(On Osvaldo Alonso . . .) “He took a shot [in today’s training] where it hurts men a lot. Hopefully there are no additional problems from that. [. . .] He is a good ball winner. He recovers the ball for us and wins it back. In order to put more pressure on the opponent, we need to bring his game up the field about ten to fifteen yards because sometimes he likes to sit in front of the back two and chase and win the ball. He is very, very good at that but sometimes we need that pressure to be a little earlier and a little higher up the field to allow us to sustain pressure on the opponent.”
(On MLS labor dispute . . .) “It’s at a stage now where it is going into the 11th hour. As some people have said, a lot of times in labor disputes at 11:59 p.m. is when all the decision get made. At the end of the day, I’m sure everybody feels this way; everybody wants to see this thing become resolved. So if we can resolve and move forward I think that is going to make our fans very happy and certainly going to make the players happy and make the ownership happy as well. I have been in soccer for a lot of years. I have seen it grow a tremendous amount over all those years and so sometimes I have the ability to know where we were at and know how far we have come. I think we still have a ways to go and obviously that’s what this is about, trying to move forward. But we have also moved a long way. If we can move forward significantly, we might not get all the way where we want to get to, but if we can move forward and keep this thing going. I think soccer has got a little bit of momentum in this country and we don’t want to lose any of that right now.”