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GALAXY NOTEBOOK: ANALYST AMUSES SCHMID.

Byline: Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer

FULLERTON - Before the Major League Soccer playoffs began, Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid introduced his team to a sports psychologist. He didn't want to give his team the impression they needed the extra help, but he thought it would be positive food for thought, especially in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

``Basically, he explained that the other team wants to win just as bad and that adversity is a struggle,'' Schmid said. ``His main (objective) stemmed from the ability to refocus and the ability to deal with adversity as it comes in whatever form. In a game it could be a missed tackle, a bad pass or missed assignment. And for any athlete, the ability to get rid of that (frustration) as quickly as possible so that you can get back to the task at hand.''

Schmid found it amusing when the sports psychologist said soccer players deal with frustration more than in other sports.

``He said you guys must like frustration because you're soccer players,'' Schmid said. ``He said we play for 90 minutes and score no goals or one goal. If you wanted instant gratification, you would go and play basketball.''

--Next up: Whether or not the Galaxy defeats Chicago in the semifinals, it will return to Cal State Fullerton for one final game, on Oct. 27.

The Galaxy will face the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup Championship, which will be played one week after the MLS championship. The Galaxy advanced to the final by defeating Chicago 2-1 in overtime back in August.

The Galaxy is still alive for the triple. It won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in January, which is the club championship for club teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Only two teams have won the U.S. Open Cup title and the MLS championship in the same year, but no team has won all three trophies in the same season.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 14, 2001
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