"The decision to (have All-Stars Eddie Johnson and Osvaldo Alonso) come back to Seattle was we didn’t want them at altitude for 48 hours. We know that altitude, between 48 and 72 hours is when it has its biggest impact on you. Every time we've played up here we've never talked about the altitude or anything like that. This year all of a sudden it became a topic of discussion. I prefer not talk about it and just getting out there and playing."
The element that Schmid admitted affecting the game was the stiff wind, which blew in the Sounders' faces in the first half, and at their backs in the second.
"I think we miss-hit a couple that we tried to take advantage of that, but really didn't hit the ball as well as we would have wanted," he said. "Certainly the wind gave some players an opportunity to shoot from distance."