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July 5, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Sounders FC 1, L.A. Galaxy 3 — Sigi Schmid quotes

(Opening comments) “L.A. was better than us. We were lucky to be able to go in at halftime only 1-0. I thought they outplayed in the first half fairly well. I thought our second half was better. I thought we played better in the second half, played with more energy, and obviously they started off the second half with a great goal. There were a couple instances before the goal where we could’ve pressured the ball and we didn’t. And I think that was story of the night for us, we didn’t get enough pressure onto them defensively early enough.”

(On the slow start) “It’s obviously disappointing. You got to play with energy, and I think we got overrun. They were very active and moving a lot in midfield, and we never got tight enough to anybody. If you give a good player time and space, he’ll show you how good he is. We didn’t even give them anything to deal with at times, there were times when guys had 10 yards of space when they received the ball. If you got that much space as a professional you should be able to connect passes. For us, it was really our defending it what set it up. And then offensively, on the occasion where we won the ball, we were so tired from chasing and defending we didn’t keep it. That meant we had to chase and defend more. In the second half we got tighter and then we created some turnovers, and then when we got the ball we were able to hold onto it because we weren’t spending as much time chasing it. Then we had a couple of chances as well. We got the goal, Seamon was in with a good chance, Ljungberg was in with a good chance, then he had some chances. By then it was too little too late.”

(On LA’s playing style) “They’ve been a team that’s sat back a little more, but they can out very aggressive today. And I thought their midfield was very good, they were very active.”

(On reasons for the season’s struggles) “It’s a whole bunch of things. Obviously there’s some injuries that affect us. I mean Patrick Ianni’s best position is not central midfield. Peter Vagenas on a big field is not as effective. We’re playing a rookie out there who has only been with us a month, Michael Seamon, who did well. But obviously we’re missing some guys like Brad Evans and Alonso, who have a big impact for our team in the middle of midfield.”

(On Jaqua off the bench) “The thing with Jaqua is we don’t want to have him start out here tonight and now play 60 minutes and blow himself out and be out for another three weeks. He’s like in the middle of preseason, you saw some of his touches were off. We’re trying to measure his time. Last time he came off the bench he played 30 (minutes), this time he played 45. We’ll come back, we’ll see how he feels and probably play him the next game. We’re trying to increase his minutes without causing a relapse. We have to be smart open that as well, because it does us no good to get him in their, get one win and lose him again for five weeks.”

(On Zakuani goal) It was good. Obviously we got into the game at 2-1 at that point. Then made a mistake in the back and gave a third one up. But it was a good goal. It was a good ball by Montero through to him, and Steve finished it well.”

(On the play of the team’s veterans) “When it’s going like this, every player just needs to look at his own performance. We need to look at our performance as a staff, we need to look at our performance as a team. We win as a team. I lose. And we win as a team. It’s not a case of this individual or that individual, it’s a case of us as a collective playing better. We just haven’t played good enough as a collective.”

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