Tonight’s disappointment (mostly) aside, here’s what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer had to say about the club’s almost-four U.S. Open Cup tournament run, which ended Wednesday night in Kansas City.
“It’s been great,” Schmid said. “The team has shown their ability. Even when the team went down 1-0 tonight we came back and got the equalizer right away. I think that’s the character of the team. And obviously there were guys out there playing on fumes. There was no air for them to get. … It is what it is, but I’m very proud about what we accomplished. I think we had a very good chance to get four in a row. We missed our last three PKs. That’s something that doesn’t help. But if (the referee) doesn’t take (Gspurning’s save) back, maybe we’re still taking PKs right now.
“… (Zach Scott’s equalizing goal) showed the character of the team. I knew even though we went down 1-0 that we would get one back. I felt it was a little bit of fate as well, because I felt like there’s was undeserved.”
Hanauer: “I’m proud of our guys. They battled continuously through obstacles, and obviously we feel like we don’t deserve to be the losers tonight. But the referee decided to some degree that was going to be the case. That’s the way it goes. We’ll all lick out wounds and focus on the rest of the season and try to make the playoffs.”