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Schmid says he was curious about 3-5-2, but Sounders not changing system

Here's some more of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the Sounders' 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, and especially about playing the first half in a 3-5-2 look:

"I wanted to see how we would do," he said. "Sometimes you just have to see how the team looks in it and how they played in it. I just wanted to see if this is something that maybe suits us, is it something that maybe helps us clog up the middle a little bit against a team. Those were things we wanted to see. Some of my players were OK with it, some of the players weren’t happy about the change. But that’s life and at the end of the day it falls on my shoulders. If anybody’s to blame for the loss tonight, it’s me.We played it at times last year when we pushed into it maybe late in a game when we were trying to push an extra man forward. It’s not something we’re thinking about changing our system or changing our way of playing. It’s something I wanted to look at. Don’t make too much out of it.

On Obafemi Martins and Kevin Parsemain getting the night off: Oba had taken a little bit of a knock in the last game. Had it been a regular season game he could have played tonight. But as you saw, there’s a number of fouls that get committed when Kansas City plays, little kicks, and we thought there was no reason to put him out there and have him get kicked on that same spot, because he had a little bit of a dead leg there. But he’ll be ready to play against next week. So I think we’re OK.Parsamain I just held out, because he played Wednesday night and then Thursday he played as well, a good solid 50 minutes, and I could see a little drop off running-wise, fitness-wise. And with him coming back from the ACL, I didn’t want to push him again tonight. So he’ll get a good runout on Wednesday.