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Vagenas was supposed to take PK in Philly

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on June 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm with 6 Comments »
June 30, 2010 8:49 am

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said today that he had assigned veteran midfielder Peter Vagenas to take the penalty kick that could have given Seattle a 2-1 lead in what eventually became a 3-1 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.

However, when the time came, Vagenas believed he was too tired to take the shot with confidence. Pat Noonan took the shot instead, and it was saved. After the game, Schmid and several Sounders said they thought that was where the game turned.

Here’s Schmid’s explanation of what happened:

It was written up on the board before the game. Peter Vagenas was supposed to take the PK. He passed it on to Noonan. Peter knows how I feel about that. It’s something after we (went 0-for-2 on PKs last season that) I said I wanted no uncertainties. Certain guys that I usually have for us to hit the PKs weren’t on the field, so obviously they couldn’t hit them. Peter was on the field, but he felt he was extremely tied at that stage and didn’t have the legs to do it. That’s something that he now has to live with.

There’s more of an overview look on the topic in my Sounders-Timbers preview in the Wednesday TNT.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. EverydayFan says:

    I love the Sigi and the Sounders … ’till I die … But man, I don’t know what ticks me off more about what I just read …
    Montero and Ljungberg can’t earn their way ahead of … Vagenas?
    Our starting Fs can’t make PKs.
    They should not leave the practice field until they have buried enough PKs to earn the #1 spot !
    You are the team leaders!
    Vagenas too tired to take a PK?
    But didn’t he stay in the game?
    If you’re too gassed to take a PK, how can you stop a player like Seba from making you look silly? Why did he stay in the game?
    You call that leadership?
    Sit down and give the team a chance…
    Would someone on this team please step up!

  2. Well it is hard to hit a PK by passback I guess.

  3. blahbl4hblah says:

    Nobody on this team is taking responsibility. Just watch the post game interviews.
    “eh well, they beat us, we’ll just look past it and move on to the next game.”
    That’s no attitude. They should be pissed that they have lost 2 games in a row to the worst teams in the league. Let me say that again with more emphasis. THEY LOST TWO GAMES IN A ROW TO THE WORST TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. What does that make them, you ask..? Yes, one can argue the Sounders are the worst team in the league. In a league where HALF of the teams make the playoffs, we’re not even close. How ridiculous is that? And what are they doing about it? There aren’t nearly enough fires being lit under arses on this team. If Sigi isn’t going to start holding players accountable, well, I hate to say it, but something has gotta change.

  4. fuzzybear says:

    Vagenas was too tired??? Can you imagine how the guys from Paraguay must have felt after 120 minutes. Guess what, the game was on the line and they took the shots. Vagenas, that is your job you *ss!

  5. ciscokid says:

    Wow. Stunning. Absolutely stunning

  6. wasobelle says:

    back in VA we had a saying;
    NATO = no action talk only.

    didnt refer to soccer then but that’s all i am sayin’….

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