Here's the wide-ranging overview statement by coach Sigi Schmid today, as the Sounders' 1-0 win over Philadelphia:
"Three games in a week is never an easy task, but we came out with nine points. So that’s something that we’re very happy about: That’s the most you can get.
"And we’re very pleased with that as well as getting some players on the park for their first extensive experiences, like Andy Rose and Bryan Meredith. I thought Meredith did great in goal: dealt with the things he needed to deal with. I thought our defense did a good job of keeping things away from him. Andy Rose got a little excited and had a couple of tackles there, and we were probably a little bit fortunate that the referee maintained his compose as well and was able to keep Andy on the field, and then Andy settled down and I thought was much better in the second half. And then another of the young guys that played today – Alex Caksey – I thought had a very good game.
"So I was pleased overall. Another shutout, which is good for our team. I thought we had more chances than just to get one: We were a little bit unlucky not to get more than one, and one day those floodgates will open up. It just wasn’t today."