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May 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Sigi Schmid: ‘Some days it’s just crap, and it was crap today.’

Here are some postgame quotes from Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid after an embarrassing 4-0 road loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center.

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(After the unbeaten streak, did you see this coming?) “No, they outplayed us. They outplayed us. It doesn’t matter whether you lose 1-0 or 4-0, it’s still zero points at the end of the day. Obviously they outplayed us. At 2-0, maybe you can still find a way back; 3-0 sort of closed the door on us. But tonight they were the better team. Hats off to them. They were much better than us, especially in the first half.”

(What breakdowns were you seeing in the first half that led to it being so one-sided?) “I don’t think anybody had a good game on our team. I think they were first to the ball. I think they were quicker. Second balls, they jumped onto. They reacted faster to the ball. They played through our midfield. When we did have the ball we weren’t really sharp with our passing. Our passing was more negative and back. We tried to dump too many long balls instead of playing over the wings a little bit more. We never forced them to defend for periods of time, so we were constantly on our heels.”

(Was that the worst half you’ve been a part of?) “Yeah, probably.”

(Does a performance like this force you to reevaluate the progress you’ve made since the slow start?) “You can’t. When you beat San Jose 4-0, that’s not going to say you’re going to win every game 4-0. And when you lose here 4-0, it’s not going to say you’re going to lose every game 4-0. You have to evaluate a body of work. You can’t react to an individual game or an individual 10 minutes or a half or whatever. There’s got to be some accountability, and we’ll address that. The guys know they’re a better team than that, than what they showed in the first half. But on the same token, tonight they weren’t a better team than that. They got their rear-ends handed to them.”

(Any positives in the second half?) “Well, we didn’t give up a goal, but we didn’t generate enough offensive chances. Obviously they took their foot off the gas pedal a little bit. It’s a difficult situation when you’re coming out there and you’re down 4-0. At least we played an even second half. I feel the response could’ve been better.”

(What were your views of the penalty kicks awarded?) “I didn’t think the first one was a penalty. I thought it was a good tackle by Djimi Traore. I think the second one was a penalty, but I didn’t think the first one was.”

(And the red card?) “At that point the game was over.”

(How does that affect your midfield with Brad Evans set to leave and Osvaldo Alonso hurt?) “We’ll figure it out. We’ve got players, so players are going to have to play.”

(What does it say that you have never allowed a hat trick?) “Well, it’s a hat trick, but two of the goals were PKs, so it’s not like it’s a hat trick off the run of play. And he also got three attempts for those two (PK) goals. Obviously I thought the first goal was very well played by them, and it was a good goal. The second goal was a good goal, as well. Obviously Robbie Keane had his influence on the game in those two goals.”

(Did another new lineup, this time with all three DPs and Johnson-Martins up top, have any affect?) “No, I think we just had a bad game. Sometimes you have a bad game. Some days it’s (crap), and you just have to say, ‘It’s (crap) today,’ and you move on. It’s like everybody’s always trying to, ‘OK, how can we analyze this? How can we break it down? Why is it this, this and this?’ Some days it’s just crap, and it was crap today. You just have to say that. You have to remember it, you have to feel the pain, you have to understand the hurt, but you’ve got to move on. You’ve got to forget about it and you have to move on.”

(Were you allowed a moment to think about Robbie Rogers coming onto the field and what that meant?) “It was great. I talked to Robbie briefly before the game. It’s great that he’s back. I’m happy he’s back. And obviously we allowed it to be a nice night for him because we played poorly.”

(How do you regroup for Wednesday and Saturday?) “We’ll regroup. We have character, and we have to show our character and show our character next Saturday.”


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