Schmid takes time out for a glimpse of Sounders’ future

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comApril 24, 2014 

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid spent a few extra days in Carson, Calif., after Seattle’s 2-1 win over Chivas USA on Saturday.

He returned Wednesday as his club resumed training for its 1 p.m. Saturday home match against the Colorado Rapids.

Schmid said he used some of his time away to watch training sessions of the United States U-21 team, which includes Sounders homegrown players Sean Okoli (Federal Way) and forward Jordan Morris (Mercer Island), a Sounders FC Academy alumnus and a Stanford sophomore.

Schmid also noted that Sounders forward Kevin Parsemain underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. Schmid said the surgery was termed successful, although Parsemain is not expected back for months.

Other updates from Schmid on a variety of topics:

On the lineup implications of midfielder Brad Evans’ return from a calf injury: “We’ll see. We have some depth, and we have options. Brad gives us … somebody who’s stronger in the air, somebody who has that ability to see and make those late runs into the box. That’s something that you don’t necessarily get when (Gonzalo) Pineda’s in the middle of midfield. But Brad’s also shown he can play right back. He’s capable of being able to play wide in midfield. So it all depends on what we think is the right mix.”

On Major League Soccer’s expansion to Atlanta in 2017 and New York City FC’s announcement that it will play its inaugural 2015 season at Yankee Stadium: “Wow. I’ll be thinking of Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth and all those guys. I’ve actually never been to Yankee Stadium, so that will be a fun experience.

“Obviously, the league knows better as to what they’re trying to do. I think Atlanta, for them, is an important market. Strong ownership is very important to our league, as it is to any league. But just getting into that marketplace — it’s a good TV market — I think those are all positives.”

On the Sounders’ multipass possessions that have led to winning goals each of the past two weeks: “I think we’ve gotten to know each other a little bit better and understand each other a little bit better. You can see how Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey look for each other. And then the other players now know, ‘OK, if I give the ball to Clint here, he’s generally going to find something out of it. He’s going to connect somewhere. He’s going to keep it going for us.’ ”

On the club getting credit for playing good soccer: “We’re getting play from the flanks, but we’ve also been able to connect down the middle. Our ability to connect and our spacing have gotten better as time has gone on. I think the soccer we play is good; I think the soccer we play is entertaining.”

Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com

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