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March 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Sounders react to a “painful” 6-1 defeat

montero santos.jpgPhoto credit: Alberto Puente, AP

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COACH SIGI SCHMID

(On what changed in the second half…) “I thought at the end of the first half, the last 20 minutes, we put ourselves back in the game and we played better. We were a little unlucky early in the game when we had the good header from [Alvaro] Fernandez that we could have scored on. Then we came out in the second half–Mauro Rosales had a chance, then they scored off the counter and made it 3-1. Then David Estrada had a good chance and we didn’t put that away. When they made it 4-1 I think we lost our concentration. We have to look at why we started the game slowly, why we started the second half slowly. I have to look at that and see what I can change to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

(On Santos Laguna’s counter-attack goals…) “I think losing concentration in the moment, not running with people. Defensively I thought we had a poor game today. I think they won the duals. They won a lot of the duals. When they win all the 50/50 balls, its tough for your team to gain momentum. From that standpoint it was disappointing. Like I say, it’s easy to point fingers and say this guy or that guy didn’t have a good game. Us as a coaching staff, we need to look at it and we need to see what we need to do to avoid these kind of things in the future.”

(On the mood at halftime…) “At halftime I thought it was good because at halftime the score was basically zero-zero. We were down 2-1, but we had won 2-1 at home so it was a zero-zero game and there were 45 minutes to go. We felt that the first 20 minutes of the second half was going to be very important–we told them that–but obviously they scored goals and our reaction wasn’t good.”

(On what has to be done before Saturday…) “We need to show our character, our character has to show through. I’ll think about it more tomorrow. Certainly there are probably some changes we need to make in our team because of fatigue and maybe performance, as well. It’s just a matter of us showing our character right now and standing back up. It’s easy to go hide after a loss like this.”

(On what they can take from the game…) “Right now it doesn’t seem like we can take a lot, except that we know we have to improve our defending. We still need to find a way to get through these difficult moments. We’ve been a good road team and we’ve played well on the road, but today we didn’t play well and Santos was very, very good.”

GOALKEEPER MICHAEL GSPURNING

(On how they rebound Saturday…) “First of all, Santos was the better team today, but I don’t believe that we deserved this result tonight. I don’t care about the result or anything after it’s over. What I care about and what the team cares about is Saturday and our opening game of the season…We have to keep our head up and work on Saturday.”

(On how he will shake this off…) “I will think about the game and the goals, but I don’t think I can do that many things…If the game is like this you have to accept it…We will look forward to Saturday. Saturday is a new game. It’s a pity for us and for the fans because we wanted this so much and this result is not a good sign from us to the fans and the MLS, but this game is over and we have to look forward to Saturday.”

MIDFIELDER MAURO ROSALES

(On the mood at halftime…) “I think we did very well in the first half. We could score, we tied the score in the first half. We were very confident in the second half to start, but after five minutes they scored. We were still looking for a goal and every counter they could score. It was a tough loss. They were a better team in the second half. We could have scored another goal. I think we had the chances. It was a pity that the score was that bad because I don’t think we deserved that, but that’s okay. That’s futbol.”

(Looking forward to Saturday…) “We have the match Saturday. Everybody has to know that we made many mistakes and we have to figure it out as soon as possible because we have to start the competition in the best way. Looking for a win. It’s tough to recover after that, but we have to.”

(On the feeling in the locker room after the game…) “It was painful because we didn’t expect that. We had lots of confidence before the game and there was confidence at the half. It was a pity that we made the mistakes and they could score. They made us pay for every mistake we had in the game. I think that was the reason. It was painful, but we have to keep it up and try to figure it out as soon as possible.”

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Sad & Tough moment but soon we have the revenge to get our confidence in us again, and for that we are going to need your support as always!
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Today more than ever Go Sounders!
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Looking forward to start our season on Saturday with a victory. It’s just the beginning !!
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We were fortunate 2beat a great team tonight. Seattle is no doubt class & will demonstrate it through out their season #topnotchorganization
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Santos devastating in second half, showed real finishing quality. Tough lesson, but time to go again on Sat for MLS opener
Mar 15 via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

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Hard to take +’s, but for 139mins #Sounders went toe-to-toe w/a terrific team. Sigi plays v positive on road, has won more than #MLS average
Mar 15 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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everyone should chill a bit on the SEA thrashing … #RSL benefited last year from having an #MLS team at same preseason stage in QF of CCL
Mar 15 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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