Here is Sounders coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after his club's 2-0 home loss to Columbus tonight:
"Not happy. I thought we gave up a soft goal in the first half. We have to do a better job of marking at the back post. We’ve got to score the goal right before halftime: The opportunity that Fernandez has, that makes it 1-1 and that changes everything. You know, goals change games. It doesn’t matter how much possession we have or how much we dominate that part or how much possession we have in their end of the field, it’s the final quality of what you do. Gruenebaum comes up with a big save on Montero to keep it at 1-0 at a time. Renteria hits a good goal, but … (our goalkeeper) has to recognize a bouncing ball, you’ve got to maybe get a little closer to your line as a goalkeeper because when it’s bouncing that’s a possibility. You can’t get caught off your line. Right now we’re just making individual errors, and those individual errors are costing us, and people are punishing us for them."