Brian Schmetzer talked about US Open Cup and the next game against Austin FC

Interview: Brian Schmetzer on upcoming match vs Austin FC
Interview: Brian Schmetzer on upcoming match vs Austin FC / Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer addressed the media this week, discussing the upcoming match against Austin FC and the team's participation in the US Open Cup.

With key players such as Stef Frei, João Paulo, and Albert Rusnák still sidelined by injuries, Schmetzer praised the young players like Josh Atencio and Obed Vargas, who performed well against LAFC. He recognized the difficulties caused by the injuries but showed confidence in the team's depth.

Schmetzer shared his analysis of Austin FC, noting their resemblance to LAFC and their favored 4-3-3 formation. He singled out players such as Sebastian Driussi, Gyasi Zardes, and Diego Rubio as possible dangers.

Tactically, Schmetzer emphasized the importance of players being decisive "in the box," balancing aggressiveness with awareness and making the right pass when necessary. He also stressed the importance of smooth transitions and quickly converting defense into offense, a hallmark of the Sounders' playing style.

Schmetzer expressed the team's enthusiasm to compete in the US Open Cup, a prestigious tournament with a long history. He also said that the team was determined to claim their fifth title, even though they were only one of the eight MLS teams taking part.

Schmetzer also touched on the chance of playing against Ballard FC in the U.S. Open Cup at Memorial Stadium. He recalled his previous coaching stint and the emotional significance of returning to the old venue.

The Sounders face a thrilling challenge in their second match of the MLS regular season against Austin FC, with a mix of youthful talent and seasoned veterans. The team also has a chance to win another trophy in the US Open Cup. Under Schmetzer's leadership and the team's relentless passion, the Sounders are ready to achieve their goals on both fronts.

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