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October 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Sigi Schmid after an embarrassing 5-1 loss: ‘One game can’t define your whole existence.’

schmid mugIt’s clear Sounders FC’s 5-1 road loss Saturday to the Colorado Rapids is one the team wants to get over quickly, but coach Sigi Schmid had to address a few questions on the defeat after Monday’s return to practice.

Here is that part of the interview:

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(Did you get any sense in pregame or at any point that the group could be in store for that kind of performance?) “No. I mean there’s nothing. We just went out in the game, and obviously they scored that early goal, and we weren’t quite ready. Then they got a corner kick where we just didn’t get organized in time, and all of a sudden you’re 2-0 down. If you could predict all those things, obviously then you would stop it, but you can’t predict it sometimes.”

(Does the game plan go out the window after the second goal?) “I mean overall when you look at the soccer over the 90 minutes and you look at just the run of play, I don’t think they killed us in the run of play. But the league is so tight. It showed when D.C. beat Real Salt Lake in the Open Cup. Anybody can beat anybody on a given day in this league. If you come out and you’re a little bit flat… Every team is going to get opportunities. They scored during their opportunities, and they got the first few opportunities and scored goals right away. Gspurning came up big actually a couple times, as well. We had chances and didn’t score, and that’s the game.”

(Is there anything with your style of play, perhaps being more aggressive on the road, that lends itself to lopsided losses sometimes?) “It happens. I told the guys the year we won the championship with L.A. we got blown out I think in Dallas, 5-1. I remember going down to Miami and getting blown out by the Fusion one time. So stuff like that happens. We’re always going to go into road games and play the game to win the game. We’re not going to go in with a defensive attitude and sit back and try and just hold on for a 0-0. Sometimes games turn out that way, but that’s never our plan going in. You even saw at the start of the second half. I thought we had some really good looks — Eddie’s header could easily have been a goal, Eddie’s off the crossbar, Evans coming in off the left-hand side — so those are all chances that if we convert well on those three chances, for example, all of a sudden it’s 4-4 and everybody is singing a different tune. So it was a case of they finished their chances well, and hats off to them, they did that really well, they pressed and came out with a lot of fire early, and we didn’t finish our chances, as well.”

(How do you shake this off?) “A quick turnaround makes it easier. You know you have a game coming up on Wednesday … so you can’t sit and stew in it all week. We know what our task is for Wednesday. We want to secure a playoff spot Wednesday. We haven’t done that yet and we’d like to wrap up Cascadia Cup if we can. Those are our objectives for Wednesday. We have to come back and we have to show who we are and what we are. Saturday night in Colorado, in Denver, was not who we are.”

(Does it feel like you have to start over in terms of momentum or is any of that left from a good run not too long ago?) “It’s like you can’t get too high, you can’t get too low, and one game can’t define your whole existence. You can’t use outliers and you can’t use deviations from the standard in saying this is reality. Reality is what you do on a general day in and day out time. I think day in and day out, we’ve been a pretty consistent team and we’ve been pretty solid. We had an outlier here and a game that didn’t fit what we normally do. Now we can believe that is reality or we can believe what we normally do is reality. We believe what we normally do is reality, and we have to get back to it.”

(Does it change the importance of the next two games from a mentality perspective to prove you’re not the team that just lost 5-1?) “All the games are important. I think we’re hanging everything now on this 5-1 game. All of the sudden this is now the defining point of our season. Is it the defining point of our season? Is that who we are? You guys tell me. Did you guys think that’s who we are? Then go ahead and write that in the papers and write that’s who we are. I don’t think that’s who we are. You can look at the last 10 or 12 games and say, ‘Is that who we are?’ Or you can say, ‘Oh, no, that’s who they are: the 5-1 loss in Colorado is who the Sounders are.’ I don’t know. I don’t think that’s who are because if we had lost 12 times, 5-1, then that’s who we are. But that’s not who we are.”


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