Sounders FC fell to 0-2-0 on the young seasons with a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Both Seattle losses have now come to defending conference champions by 1-0 scores. And that means, of course, that Seattle has started the season by playing 180 minutes without a goal.
Here's some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say after the match:
On the match:“I thought New York had more of the game in the first half, the possession for sure. We knew that was going to happen. I thought we created some good chances of the counterattack during the first half, but at the end of the day we gave up a bad goal. We got to be better than that.”
On kicking off the season with two straight losses:“We have to move on. The league gave us the toughest schedule to begin the season with. It’s a punishment for having good crowds, you know that’s why we end up playing the opener and we have to go again on the road. It would have been nice to only play one game but it is what it is and we know we are a better team. When we play two of the better teams in the league and show that we can play them pretty even. Now we just have to make sure that we come out with the results.”
On starting midfielder Servando Carrasco:“I thought it gave us the best chance to win the game. We knew Carrasco could help out defensively, which is something that we needed. We knew we wanted to counter and Carrasco is one of our better long passers of the ball. He can get the ball forward and open up the counter for us. (Erik) Friberg has got a good engine and you know he can get up and down which can help us double back on (Dane) Richards, which I thought we did a good job on him for about 65 or 70 minutes and then when the game opened up and he got some chances.
FORWARD FREDY MONTEROOn the match:“Tough match. We can see once again that whoever doesn’t score gets scored on and that’s the truth.”
On the difference between the first and second half of the game:“We lost possession of the ball in the second half. We gave up on the counterattack which is the way we wanted to play and they managed to score a lone goal that gives them the victory and the three points.”
On the next match versus Houston:“We have to come up with a new game plan and we have to win. We have got to keep our head up and realize that this is not the end. We have to keep on moving forward. We have done some good things on the pitch but it is obviously not enough. We have got to give more.”
On his hopes of being called up to the Colombian National Team:“I have to get back to my highest level, two games have passed and I want to score. If that’s enough to go back to the National Team then I will welcome it. Every Colombian player wishes he can wear the jersey for the National Team.”
DEFENDER JEFF PARKEOn the match:“You know it’s up and down. They ran us over the field the first 25 minutes and then we settled in a little bit. In the second half, I felt that we had a better level of play but we missed on some chances and they capitalized on one of theirs. It’s frustrating and tough to swallow but we have a new game next week so we have to move on.”
On how the team can move on to face Houston:“Finish our chances. We are going to come up with chances and we have to do better defensively keeping them off the board so that we can give ourselves a chance to sneak one at the end for three points.”
On coming back to New York:“It’s beautiful. It’s nice. It’s good to be back. It’s even better to see they have a great stadium and a great crowd and I look forward to playing here in the future.”
The Sounders return to action Friday, meeting Houston at Qwest Field.