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June 27, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Sounders FC 1, Philadelphia Union 3 — Sigi Schmid quotes (team provided)

On playing in Philadelphia: “When you don’t train in the humidity, it’s a little bit tougher to play in it. We were where we wanted to be. The penalty kick, for them, I haven’t seen before, so I can’t really comment on it. Then we got a penalty kick back, and we haven’t scored a penalty kick in MLS play, and that killed us at the end. If we score that penalty kick and make it 2-1, I think the game’s a different game.”

On the atmosphere for the game: “It was good, it was good. Obviously the fans are excited, they’re behind their club. It’s going to help them, and once they got on the scoreboard, the fans got a little bit louder and were a lot more involved.”

On playing in PPL Park for the first time: “We had seen them play, so it was more unknown when we played them the first time because they hadn’t played a game. We were here yesterday, we had a feel for what the stadium looked like, we knew that the atmosphere was going to be great, and we’re used to playing in front of a great atmosphere.”

On the flow of the game: “Goals change games. In the opening night for us, we scored a couple of goals, and they took a red card, which hurt them in that game. Tonight was the same thing. We had the goal, and we should have scored a second goal off the PK, and we didn’t. Then the game changes. They ended up winning and scoring the goals they needed to win the game. More so than anything, they are more comfortable playing in the heat and humidity. It was our first time we had to play in it and it made a big difference. It takes a period of adjustment. It’s a lot easier for a team to train in heat and go play in cold weather than to train in cold weather and go play in heat.”

On the play of Kasey Keller: “Keller came up big on some big saves. The header off Arrieta was probably his best save. He had another good save going to his right, but that’s what a goalkeeper is supposed to do, that’s his job.”

On changes made a halftime: “We wanted to drop back a little bit, and we had trouble holding on to the ball in the first half, so it wasn’t just Ljungberg. I think we got him the ball a little bit more in the second half. Today we just didn’t have a good day of possession.”

On the outlook for the rest of the season: “I’m never a guy who’s going to say it’s desperate, you have to believe you’re going to win. That’s what we talked about. We have an Open Cup game midweek and then we play on the weekend against LA. We still believe in ourselves as a unit. The game’s all about when you dominate, you have to score goals, and you have to make sure they don’t score. They worked hard, and in the second half, they raised their level of play and did well.”


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