Here was coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after the Sounders' 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake today:
We knew it was going to be a tough game going in. I thought we managed the first game pretty well in the first half. We know they like to put teams under a lot of pressure the first 30 minutes. I thought we sustained that. We had some good counter chances as well. In the second half we made two individual mistakes. A player loses his mark on Plata and he heads it in, and we have a ball that we can clear and we don’t clear it. Those two individual mistakes cost us at the end.
More from Schmid:
On the importance of the second RSL goal: I think the first goal was more important than the second. Obviously there was that little five-minute span where we took the two goals. But the first goal was the one that – when you’re tired a little bit after playing the game on Wednesday; third game in six days – then that one takes the air out of the balloon a little bit.
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On injuries: Pappa had a slight hamstring injury, that’s why we didn’t bring him. And Evans came off at halftime for the same reason.
On Barrett's goal: I think there were a lot of people involved in the goal. Dempsey had a shot Rimando made a big save on, Andy had a header come off the post, then Barrett cleaned it up. But that’s the affect we expected. I thought Cooper played well also today and did good stuff. And we had chances. We had chances in the second half as well. We had a couple of good looks: the one that Barrett just puts across the box and so forth. I think when you consider everything – us having to travel, the amount of games we played, and for us to come back from 2-0 to 2-1 and then continue to put chances forward, I thought it was a good character showing from our team.