Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid, on May 11: “It was just one of those days.”
Schmid on Monday: “It’s just one of those things.”
In the first case, Schmid was talking about his team’s 5-0 loss at New England. And in the second he was talking about its 3-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Schmid and the Sounders return to training today hoping they can react to their latest embarrassing performance as well as they did to that earlier one.
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Seattle had gone into New England riding the wave of a first-place ranking and five-game winning streak. Then the Revolution scorched them for four first-half goals before going on to hand Seattle its worst Major League Soccer defeat.
This time around, the Sounders went into the Galaxy match at the top of the MLS table and riding a six-game home winning streak. Then the visitors scored three goals in the first 36 minutes and handed Seattle its second worst MLS home loss.
The similarities were not lost on the Sounders.
“We’ve been here before,” veteran defender Zach Scott said. “We’ve gotten slaughtered in New England and come back and put a pretty good streak together. … There’s a quick turnaround to a Saturday game, so we’ll kind of get on the horse and get back at it.”
The Sounders followed their loss to the Revolution with a 4-0-1 run over their next five league matches.
“What happened before we got on that streak was at New England and that tough loss,” goalkeeper Stefan Frei said. “Obviously now it hurts with a tough loss and especially at home, but you’ve got to show character and bound back. There are a lot of games coming really quickly. We need to dig deep and have a good week of practice – not even a whole week – but get better and hopefully we can get on another streak”.
Interestingly, the Sounders bounced back from their loss to the Revolution with a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Now once again, the Quakes appear as the next opponent on the Sounders schedule, a 7:30 p.m. Saturday match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.