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Sounders still await first goal of season

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
March 8, 2013 12:33 pm

The Sounders are two games and two competitions into the new season and still looking for their first goal.

Here’s what coach Sigi Schmid and 2012 goals leader Eddie Johnson had to say about the attack after 1-0 losses to Montreal of MLS and Tigres of Ligo MX.

SCHMID on Seattle’s attack: Obviously we haven’t scored. I can read the scoreline as well as anybody else. I think against Montreal we created a couple of opportunities. Even against Tigres there were a couple of good opportunities that we had. Lamar had a good look in there. Eddie had a good look with his left foot when he got in. There was another play earlier in the half when a cross was just mishit that could have been a much better situation for us. I think Caskey got in deep and a ball was overhit to him on a cross where it could have turned into a situation. But we just haven’t been dangerous enough consistently, and we need to have effective play in the wide areas of the field as well, and I don’t think we’ve been as effective as we can be. But we’re still getting out rhythm and so for, and it will get better.

SCHMID on how to improve things Tuesday vs. Tigres: We have to do a better job of possessing the ball. If we possess the ball better, hold on to the ball more, we make them adjust to us a little bit more. So that’s one thing, and the second thing is we have to do a better job of putting pressure on them and so we have the opportunity to recover the ball.

JOHNSON on two games without scoring: We had opportunities. If I wasn’t getting opportunities, then it’d be a completely different story. I think from a team standpoint, for the organization it’s frustrating going two games without winning. But we’ve got to look at the positive: We’ve only conceded two goals. In the first game we created chances. Then we went down against the best team in Mexico and we came out with a 1-0 deficit. For me, it’s all about putting my chances away. I’m getting my opportunities, so I’m not frustrated. If I wasn’t getting them it would be a completely different story.

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