Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say today, after the Sounders first practice since their 5-1 loss Saturday at Colorado:
On if he felt anything that concerned him in locker room before game: We just went out in the game, and obviously they scored that early goal. We weren’t quite ready, and then they got the corner kick where we didn’t get organized in time and all of a sudden you’re 2-0 down. If you could predict all those things then you could stop it. But you can’t predict it sometimes.
On if gameplan changed at 2-0: Overall when you look at the soccer over the 90 minutes, just the run of play, I don’t think they killed us in the run of play. But the league is so tight. It showed when D.C. beat Real Salt Lake in the Open Cup. Anybody can beat anybody on a given day in this league. If oyu come out and you’re a little flat … every team’s going to get opportunities. They scored on their first opportunities … and we had chances and didn’t score, and that’s the game.
On if anything in the Sounders’ aggressive road approach sets them up for the occasional blowout: It happens. I told the guys the year we won the championship with L.A., I think we got blown out in Dallas, 5-1. I remember going down to Miami and getting blown out by the Fusion one time. Stuff like that happens. We’re always going to go into road games and play the game to win the game. We’re not going to go in with a defensive attitude and sit back and try just to hold on for 0-0. Sometimes games turn out that way, but that’s never our plan going in. You even saw at the start of the second half, we had some really good looks: Eddie’s header could easily have been a goal. Eddie’s off the crossbar. Evans coming in on the left-hand side. Those are all chances that if we convert well on those three chances, all of a sudden it’s 4-4 and everybody’s singing a different tune. It was a case of they finished their chances well, and hats off to them. They did that really well, and they pressed and came out with a lot of fire early, and we didn’t finish our chances as well.
On how to shake it off by the time Vancouver visits on Wednesday: The quick turnaround makes it easier because we’ve got a game coming up on Wednesday. You’re rather have a game coming up than stew on it for the whole week. So we know what our task is on Wednesday. We want to secure a playoff spot on Wednesday – we haven’t done that yet – and we’d like to wrap up Cascadia Cup if we can. Those are our objectives for Wednesday, and we want to come back and show who we are and what we are. Saturday night in Denver is not what we are.