Here was Sounders’ coach Sigi Schmid’s opening statement after the scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake tonight.
I thought we played well. I thought we created chances. Rimando comes up with some big saves in the first half that keeps them in it off a couple of those corner kicks. We missed some chances in the second half: Sammy Ochoa had a good look, David Estrada had a good opportunity at the back post, and even then Rimando comes up with a big save in the second half, and event he last ball where Mauro cuts it back and he reads the cross to beat Fredy Montero to the ball. All we can do is create chances, but I was pleased with how we played. I thought we kept them at bay for the majority of the game. After the injury to Rimando – which killed a lot of clock, obviously, but it killed a lot of momentum a little bit. I think it took us a while to get back into the flow. I thought prior to that we were really all over them. I mean, nobody wants anybody to get injured, but I thought for them it was a very timely injury because it helped slow the game down and kill some momentum. But I can’t be displeased with how we played or the effort that we gave tonight. I was very pleased. It’s halftime at zero-zero. We’ve been a good road team. We’ve just got to go to Salt Lake and do well.