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May 22, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Sounders FC 0, S.J. Earthquakes 1 — Sigi Schmid quotes

(Opening Statement…) “I thought we started off the game poorly. I thought our first 10 minutes were very poor. We allowed them to get into a rhythm of play and establish themselves and gain their confidence early. Their goal came out of that sequence as well. At the end of the day, then we woke up and probably had more of the game but having more of the game doesn’t mean crap. At the end of the day we lost 1-0.”

(Post-game message to team…) “I think we all need to look inside ourselves and ask ourselves why it takes 10-15 minutes before we start playing. We have to look at ourselves as to why we spend game time to argue insistently with referees. We’ve got ask ourselves, if a guy hits a bad pass, why we throw up our hands and stop playing for a second? I think we need to ask ourselves why sometimes if we lose a ball, we don’t react right away and make a second effort and third effort, because we always want to do it on the first effort. Just all of us, that includes staff, that includes players, we need to ask ourselves why we can’t do it better? Last week in New York, we were a good collective and I thought in the final 70 minutes we were a decent collective, but yet you can’t take 15-20 minutes off. It’s like if you go into a movie, you can’t every four to five minutes close your eyes for 30 seconds and shut down your ears and not listen. At the end of the day, you don’t know what the movie’s about any more. I think we lose the plot in the game because we shut down. It’s little things, you have Steve Zakuani outside with the ball for a throw-in and he had his shoulder surgically repaired so he can’t really throw the ball in yet no one comes over and says, maybe I should throw the ball in for you because you have a bad shoulder. Patrick Ianni has the shortest arms on the team and they want him to throw the ball in. It’s little things like that tell me you’re not 100 percent in tune and that’s what we’ve got to look at.”

(On lack of home field advantage this year…) “It’s like I’ve said before, when Crew Stadium opened in the first year and it was the first soccer specific stadium, the Crew didn’t have a great record at home because everyone got so excited about playing there. I think every team comes in here and is excited about playing here. It’s different for them, it’s not the atmosphere they have at home. For them it’s a thrilling, exciting experience and that sometimes works against us. But on the same token, our fans have been supportive of us and have been behind us and I think it is what it is. We have to overcome that as well. We have to turn it in to a difficult situation for the teams coming in.”

(On status of Hurtado…) “We don’t know yet.”

(On 18 shots, zero goals…) “There’s only three shots on goal and that’s also disappointing. But they did a good job of packing in the middle, we told them they’d have to get around them on the outside, sometimes I think we tried to force it down the middle when we needed to go wide. But that’s what we talked about all week. On the same token, you’ve got to force saves, you’ve got to put shots on frame. The ball that bends into the upper V counts just as much as the one that goes through the goalkeeper’s hands. When the LA Galaxy scored their first goal against us that goal counted the same as the great header, which was their second goal, they both count a point. So we have to make sure we force goalkeepers to make saves. We’ve got to put our shots on frame, we’ve got to force more saves. Eighteen shots is great, but only three on goal was not good enough. Some were blocked for sure, that might have been on goal, and you have defenders saving balls for them, there were a couple that the goalkeeper saved that might have gone in, that were blocked by defenders. We’re going to read in the referee’s report that their goal was offsides and shouldn’t have counted, I’m tired of hearing that in the referee’s report. I’d rather have the referee return the favor to us in the second half. Things right now are certainly not falling our way.”

(On mood of players…) “Obviously they’re disappointed and they realize they’re not happy with what we did, but none of us are happy with what we did at this stage.”

(On guys who throw their hands up, Freddie being one of those – is that an issue when your leader is involved with that…) “If throwing his hands up motivates him and makes him work harder, it’s not an issue. But if arguing with the referee takes away from time that you could be helping the team than it is an issue. As a leader, he’s got that responsibility on his shoulders to help guide the team. He needs to look at it and say, hey, can I do that better? Can I be better at that because it certainly doesn’t help our team.”

(On if Jaqua’s presence will improve things when he returns…) “Certainly having a big body in there helps it. People that understand soccer saw a little of what Evans provides for us as well, just his hard running and opening up spaces, and things like that. Although I thought Montero worked a lot harder today and made some of those runs but Evans’ are just a little more definitive, a little harder and having a body in there will help us. But there were a lot of people who weren’t happy with Jaqua last year when he played, but the heart grows fonder when you’re not out there. It’s a matter of, we’ve got to finish what we start. We start a lot of things and we don’t finish them. And we’ve got to finish what we start.”

(On possible changes…) “We’re looking at all those options. Ours is a league where you have to subtract before you can add. There are a lot of guaranteed contracts. It’s not like your European team or your South American team and you say, we’re going to take our roster from 24 to 25 or 26. You don’t have those options. There’s not stones we’re going to leave unturned. There’s nothing that we’re not too proud to look at and there’s no player that we’re that – if we can make our team better, we’ve got to look at that option.”

(Good or bad to have a friendly this week…) “It’s probably just good to get back on the field and play again. As a player when you have a game like that, you just want to play, you don’t want to listen to the coach at practice. For us right now, we have to improve our concentration level and make sure that it’s there for 90 minutes, all the time, that’s the big thing.”


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