Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked tonight after the 4-1 loss if a change at goalkeeper was among the personnel moves he might consider.
“I think we have to look at everything. I think we have to look at goalkeeper, we have to look at defenders, we have to look at midfield, we have to look at attackers, because the performance of the team hasn’t been good enough. There’s nobody that’s a given right now.”
Asked more generally about the defense he said: “It’s disappointing, because we’re just not making plays. We’re not making saves, we’re not making defensive stops, we’re not winning tackles. People are slipping in behind us. We’re not running with people. Those are things that are just unacceptable. We’ve got to look at it, and we’ve got to solve it.”
And later …
“We’re all having problems. I’m not going to single out Michael or single out anybody. There’s nobody who’s coming up with plays right now when we need to make plays.”
Here’s some of what Gspurning had to say:
About his performance:
I feel like the rest of the team: Horrible. I am sorry for my teammates about the last goal, because this was clearly my fault. It wasn’t fun the last two games. There were, I think, 10-12 one-on-one situations where the striker can decide where he wants the ball. OK, if you are lucky you make some saves, but if you’re not this happens. So, I can’t say anything more. My mind is empty.
About defensive problems: We were not tight enough. It’s not so many things, I can talk maybe a half and hour here. As a whole group, we failed, in both games from No. 1 to the strikers.