The buzzword from Seattle coach Sigi Schmid any time Remick’s name comes up is confidence. That’s why Remick’s return to the Sounders lineup for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Houston was so significant.

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Dylan Remick has soaked up a few tough lessons during his two full seasons in MLS. The 23-year-old defender was picked up by the Sounders in the second round of the SuperDraft out of Brown University by way of the USL developmental team in Worcester, Mass.

“It’s your job,” Remick said after practice Tuesday. “That takes a whole new aspect into the game — into your life, actually. Everything is just faster, the mental side of the game, the physical, technical, tactical. Everybody is better and better and faster and stronger.

“It’s not like college where, if you play bad, you just go onto the next week. You’ve got to earn your paycheck week in and week out.”

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Last year, Remick admits “didn’t really go as planned.” Remick made 13 league appearances in 2014 and was named to the MLS Team of the Week in late March. He also started eight games in the Seattle defense last season — but just one came after a disappointing outing in a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in late July.

The buzzword from Seattle coach Sigi Schmid any time Remick’s name comes up is confidence. That’s why Remick’s return to the Sounders’ lineup for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Houston was so significant.

“The coaching staff and the players have been really good in helping me build up from last year and getting back to where I need to be,” Remick said. “I thank them for that, for sticking by my side.

“Last year, the end of the season, didn’t really go as planned. But grinding through it, they gave me a chance.”

Remick’s start was partially due to an injury to regular left back Leo Gonzalez, who is dealing with nagging hip-flexor pain. But it was also a nod to the younger player’s practice form, in the way he has consistency performed both in the preseason and the first month of the campaign.

His 90 minutes against the Dynamo drew mixed reviews.

“I thought Remick did all right,” Schmid said. “I thought his confidence was good. His defending was all right. Games always teach you things. You could see certain things in the game he can continue to work on.”

Most of those things, Remick conveyed, have to do with his work in possession, in pushing forward to aid the Sounders attack. Gonzalo Pineda’s second-half red card complicated things, shifting Seattle into an unfamiliar formation.

“Defensively, I want to stay strong,” Remick said. “I want to be hard to beat.”

Just getting back on the field is an important step in the right direction.

Looking ahead

In recent seasons, the Sounders-Galaxy series has blossomed into one of the top rivalries in MLS not bound by geographic proximity. Last year, the teams not only battled until the last week of the season for the Supporters’ Shield — which Seattle ultimately won — they met again in the Western Conference finals, a series taken by L.A. via the away-goals tiebreaker.

Seattle and L.A. face off for the first time this season Sunday in Carson, Calif.

“It seems to keep growing,” Remick said. “Every game is pretty exciting, and every game means a lot.”

The defending MLS Cup champions are off to an inauspicious start. L.A.’s lone win of the young season came against the hapless Chicago Fire on opening night, and it has lost its past two matches to D.C. United and Vancouver.

Through five games, the Galaxy is in eighth place in the Western Conference.

“Historically, that’s the way it’s been,” Schmid said. “(Coach) Bruce (Arena) doesn’t work his team very hard in the preseason. Really, they get their game fitness as the season goes on, and that helps them.”

Martins up for Goal of the Week

Schmid also hyped up forward Obafemi Martins’ Goal of the Week candidacy for his 360-degree spin and finish around Houston defender Jermaine Taylor for the game’s only tally.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen somebody pirouette around somebody in the box before,” Schmid said.

Added winger Lamar Neagle: “The spin that he did was unbelievable. He does that type of thing out here at practice, but when you get one chance to do it in a game, it shows his quality.

“Oba is one of a kind in this league.”