The Colorado Rapids shredded through the Seattle Sounders defense in the first half on Saturday, but were forced to mostly nibble around the edges in the second half.
What kind of magical changes did the Sounders coaching staff conjure during halftime?
Not much, as it turns out.
“The halftime adjustments against Colorado were just reminders – just reminders of how we defend,” first assistant Brian Schmetzer said after Tuesday training at Starfire Sports. “We had showed (our players) film of Colorado being very good from the front six. The back four we felt was an area we could get after them with, but they have a very fluid midfield, and so that’s where they were causing us problems. So we just had to remind them, ‘Hey look, stay in your blocks. When one guy goes, everybody shifts. It’s just basically reminding guys, because in the heat of the moment is when they lose focus sometimes.”
Whatever it was, it worked. The Rapids took 13 shots, put eight on target and scored one goal in the first half. In the second, In the second, Colorado kept firing away – 14 shots – but only one was on target, and it didn’t go in.
Schmetzer’s take was confirmed by coach Sigi Schmid: “(Our halftime) message was simply: Read more »