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May 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Sounders FC 0, L.A. Galaxy 4 — postgame Sigi Schmid quotes

(Opening statement) “We got beat and we got beat solidly. It’s not the kind of game we ever want to repeat again.”

(On L.A.’s goals) “The first goal they scored, you don’t expect a goalkeeper like Keller make an error like that, and I’m not going to throw anything at Keller, because he’s saved us numerous times. Sometimes that happens, just like when Ozzie made the mistake in Toronto. The second goal was a good goal, it was a good header. Could our marking have been better? Probably, but I thought we were reasonably tight to him and he got his head on it and put it in the upper corner. The third goal is inexcusable. Two guys let the ball skip past them. That’s inexcusable. You can’t have that. Everybody’s looking at the other guy hoping that they do the job for them. You’ve got to take care of the business yourself and not hope that somebody does the job for (you) and then after that we were ducks in a shooting gallery.”

(On if it’s time to panic) “It’s not time to panic, but it is time for some people to wake up, for character to step forward. When you’re down two-, three-nothing, people have to step up and show their character and show what they’re made of. Some guys that we’ve asked repeatedly to do certain things, it hasn’t been coming, so there are some changes that are going to be made as a result of that. You got to play with energy. You got to play with energy, you got to be willing to run. We let them set the tempo of the game today. We let them slow down the game today. We needed to speed it up and nobody on our side really got that part of it done. In that locker room right now they’ve got to be asking themselves… They got hammered on the field and they should feel hammered in the locker room. They need to go inside themselves and find their true reaction and find their inner core that’s going to allow them to say ‘Hey, that’s not the team that we are.’ And the only way they can prove that is next week in New York.

(On offsides calls) “A couple times we were offsides because guys were lazy coming back. And those are not good offsides. A couple offsides weren’t offsides, you know, bad calls by the linesmen. A couple of them, the ball was played too late, it was played too slowly. I thought in the first half, with the exception of the goal, I though we were right there. I though we were inches away from getting in behind and breaking them down. That’s what we talked about at halftime. Then we came out and seven minutes later you give up a goal off a corner like that then you give up a horrendous third goal, an embarrassing third goal. It’s unacceptable.”

(On lack of offense) “We’re close to creating things, we’re not creating things. Guys have to be willing to sacrifice their body in the box. I don’t need six playmakers, I need somebody who is going to freakin’ get in the box who wants to score goals. That’s what we need. At times it looked all right. At times it looked close to breaking through, but that’s got to be more movement. There’s got to be harder running. When Evans went in at center forward toward the end, once we put Montano on at the wing, Evans almost gets in a couple times just because he runs hard. But that’s not his best position. So we need somebody who can make those runs and get those balls.”

(On loss of Osvaldo Alonso to injury) “I thought Sturgis all right. I didn’t think that affected our game. I don’t think Ozzie would have had an impact on the second goal or third goal.”

(On if the team had enough confidence to come back) “I don’t know if confidence is the right word. I think belief in themselves and transferring that belief into effort. I really wasn’t pleased with the effort when we were three goals down. I think you have to show character and say, ‘hey, if we’re going lose, we’re going to go down swinging and we’re going to get a couple goals. And some guys had that attitude and other guys phoned it in.”

(On Miguel Montano’s debut) “I thought he did all right. I thought he played with energy. When you play with energy you can make some things happen. He was close, he was on the cusp. For him, first time out there I think nerves played a (part.). He was probably one of our only positive things out there.

(On worst loss as Sounders coach) “It’s the toughest loss. Remind me to never wear a sport jacket on the sideline again. It was the first time I’ve worn one and it will be the last time I ever wear one. When I was with the Galaxy, we took a few shellackings along the way. And there was even a shellacking the year we won the title. Sometimes something like this is good, because when you’re close and you tie, the guys listen to you but they don’t really believe you. But sometimes when you get your rear-end handed to you, people are a little more attentive, and today we got our rear-end handed to us.”

On competition for spots “They compete for spots every week, they should be competing, but definitely we’ve given some guys a longer leash than others and that leash just tore today.”

(Any positives?) “Montano’s effort coming in.”


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