Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid knew some of his lineup choices in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat Sunday would be criticized, second guessed.
“That’s part of life,” he said after Tuesday’s practice.
I asked him, though, if he would’ve done anything differently looking back, now having the benefit of hindsight.
“I’m the kind of coach where the first guy I look at is myself,” Schmid said. “I look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Is there something, maybe, I would’ve done differently? Would I have maybe made a different sub?’ I run all those things through my mind. It’s easy to sit here and say, ‘No, I would’ve started exactly the same.’ I’m probably leaning toward that. I didn’t think that was a mistake. I think that was good. Maybe I would’ve subbed a little bit different in the second half. But overall, I thought our game plan was pretty good in that first half. I thought we were close to accomplishing what we want.
“We just weren’t goal-dangerous enough. In between the 18s, we might’ve been, at times, the better team, but inside the 18s, we weren’t. But when you look at it in hindsight you can always find something where, ‘I should’ve done this or I should’ve done that,’ and it’s easy to say afterwards because you don’t know if it would’ve worked or not. You could say, ‘Well, of course it would’ve worked better than it did because what we did didn’t work.’ Hindsight is easy.”
Regarding Eddie Johnson coming off the bench, Schmid said they feared playing the star forward 90 minutes would come at a greater risk of re-injury. Johnson had been recovering from an adductor strain and played a full game Thursday in Real Salt Lake — and don’t forget the Sounders had two flights and just two days rest to deal with.
Midfielder Alex Caskey then came into the lineup as Seattle shifted to more of a 4-5-1 with Fredy Montero up top alone.
“We decided to come out a little but more conservative,” Schmid said, “but again, like I said, in the first half we were one minute away of our game plan going pretty well. I think our possession in midfield and our ability to hold the ball was probably as good as it’s been in any game this season. So from that standpoint, those were all positives. Then that goal, then the subsequent two goals — one off a counter where we were just lazy getting back — those things then end up turning everything upside down, so everything looks bad.”