The question is why. And there was no particular consensus of answers from a handful of Sounders asked after the club’s training session today at CenturyLink Field.
Coach Sigi Schmid: “I think more than anything it’s just been our mentality right now. We have to change our mentality. I think we got off to such a good start – it was as everybody said the best start in franchise history. What happens then is invariably you pat yourself on the back a little bit and you read the Seattle Times and you read the Tribune and you say, ‘Hey, pretty positive.’ And you just subconsciously relax a little bit, and we’ve got to get out of that relaxation mode.”
Captain Mauro Rosales: “We are not creating the same soccer that we created last year or the first part of this season. We’ve been in travel, and having a problem keeping the ball and keeping possession. We’ve had possession in many games, but it’s not like the same quality that we had in the past games. We have to work hard … mentally and try to use the next game and don’t think about the past five games, just think about how we can be better in the rest of the season. … We have to be ready, we have to be sharp and concentrate 100 percent, and we know it’s going to be difficult, but … we can be better and finish in good position.”
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Defender Jeff Parke: “It’s little stuff, but it’s also big stuff. We have to work harder, we’ve got to do better defensively as a group, and obviously we’re not keeping balls out of the back of the net. So defensively as a back four we have to demand more out of the guys in front of us, and demand more out of each other in the back so we can get better results.”
Osvaldo Alonso: "We all know that was a loss to Montreal, but we also know that we have the ability to win those games. So we’re just going to go out on Wednesday and try to get a better result."
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado: "Every team goes through ups and downs. We have a very strong team. We know that each individual is capable of so much. We just have to keep moving forward and working through it, and we know everything will be fine."