Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after the Sounders lost the first leg of their two-game aggregate-score series to Los Angeles, 3-0.
“It was very similar of what happened last year when we went into Salt Lake, so it was very disappointing that we repeated that. We’ve beaten them at home by four, and so it’s a matter of us doing that, but it’s going to be a difficult task.
“I thought our game plan going in was good. We were one minute away from coming out of the first half zero-zero. I thought we did a good job of possessing the ball and so forth and played all right. I thought we fell asleep on the goal at the end of the first half. They took a free kick about 15-20 yards ahead of where the foul took place, we didn’t react quickly enough – we weren’t sharp about it – and as a result they get a goal. … But then we go through a bad period in the second half where we just lost our shape, lost our concentration, lost our focus, and they bang away two goals, and we’re actually a little fortunate it wasn’t three or four. Overall I thought our possession was good, I thought we out-possessed them. We hung onto the ball, we got some things going forward, but at the end of the day Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan were very dynamic and were a lot more dynamic that maybe our team was up front on the day.”