Sounders coach Sigi Schmid didn't go out of his way to paint any pretty pictures into his club's 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake tonight.
Here's some of what he had to say:
On the overall play of his team:“We’re lucky we didn’t lose 6-0. We were well-served by losing only 3-0. We played not well and I thought Real Salt Lake played very well. It was a bad time for us to choose to have a bad game, and obviously they had a really good game. Hats off to them.”
On his team’s difficulty on the offensive end:“We couldn’t keep the ball, we couldn’t hold on to the ball. Some of that was due to their pressure, but some of it was just our bad passing. That’s probably one of the worst games I’ve seen (Osvaldo) Alonso play in his three years with us, and it just wasn’t a good exhibition of soccer from us.”
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On what his team has to do on Wednesday to be successful:“We need to score four, it’s very simple. We can’t allow any goals. There’s no secret strategy, everybody has to play better soccer then what they played (tonight), everyone has to put in a better performance. From the coaching staff to the support staff to the players, everyone has to do better than what they did because tonight wasn’t good enough.”
On if the game was too big for some: Some guys played well below our expectations. We've been in big games. We've played open Cup finals, they've been in finals, they've had to play in games where it's lose or go, we've been in champions league games, but tonight we weren't as composed as we needed to be. We were lucky to come out without a red card to Ozzie. And it was a little bit of lack of composure from us there as well. It was like everything that could go wrong did go wrong tonight, so we got to make sure it doesn't happen the next game.
On Kasey Keller: Keller was the one guy who stood up and preformed. He made a number of key saves. We never forced (RLS keeper Nick) Rimando to make a save all night.