Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid talks with forward Herculez Gomez after Thursday training. Don Ruiz Staff writer
Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid talks with forward Herculez Gomez after Thursday training. Don Ruiz Staff writer

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Schmid remembers Ali: ‘He stood by his principles’

June 10, 2016 03:25 PM

UPDATED June 10, 2016 03:25 PM

The Sounders were back at training today -- their second work day in a row after a week off during MLS’ break for Copa America Centenario.

“It’s been good: It’s get a matter of getting into rhythm, getting your touch back,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Anytime you take a break it just takes a couple of days to get your touch back. They worked very hard these last two days, so tomorrow we’ll have a little off day, catch themselves, and then we’ll have some good tactical work in on Sunday and Monday in preparation for the (U.S. Open Cup) game on Wednesday.

Schmid also opened his media session with a rememberance and tribue to Muhammad Ali, whose memorial service was held Friday.

“My only Muhammad story was (when the fights) were on closed circuit in theaters and auditoriums – it wasn’t on TV. His fight in Manila with Joe Frazier was shown in (UCLA’s) Pauley Pavilion, and our locker was in Pauley Pavilion. Me and one of my teammates really wanted to see the fight, but we didn’t have the money to pay for the admission. So after out practice we got changed and basically stood on the toilet for like an hour until they cleared out Pauley, and once we heard some people in there, then we got down and we were in the event and we saw the Trilla from Manila without paying a dime – old school.

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“I was a huge Ali fan. What he did – I think his biggest sacrifice was just not taking the money. It would have been easy for him to go into the armed forces – they would have let him box, he could have continued to make money. But he stood by his principles, which is admirable. “