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Schmid reacts to 2-1 win at Chicago

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm with No Comments »
April 28, 2012 10:14 pm

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after their 2-1 win at Chicago:

On the added time at the end of the game:
“It was supposed to be four, then [the referee] added another two, then two turned into three, so it ended up being like seven.”

On the result:
“It’s a great win for us. We only play the Fire once, and to play away and be able to get three points is important. Not our best game, our most artistic game, but in the end all that matters is the result. We did well, we created opportunities, we didn’t possess it as well, but we’re very happy with the win.”

On his team’s performance in the second half:
“We did a better job compacting our defense and also making sure that we held the ball a little better at times when we got the ball. We really wanted to make sure Johansson and Leo [Gonzalez] tucked in a little bit more, so that allowed us to eliminate those gaps they were running through in the first half.”

On what happened at the end of the match with players converging after the final whistle blew:
“I don’t know. I’m pretty far away, I couldn’t run out there, I tried to sprint, but it didn’t help me. I saw that Nowak got fined so I didn’t want to get out there too quickly. I wanted to wait for the melee to die down. I think it was a pretty aggressive tackle right at the end of the game from Anibaba on Leo Gonzalez. It was an aggressive tackle and obviously it was a frustrating game for Chicago because they had some great opportunities and they had chances and it’s one of those days where it just didn’t go in for them. I think that frustration all came out in the end a little bit. Obviously there’s accusations in there, you know, some of their guys probably saying our guys pushed them, one of our guys said he got punched. The referees will have a look at it and look at the videotape.”

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