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Schmid dissects three surrendered goals

Coach Sigi Schmid was at his son's wedding Saturday as the Sounders lost 3-2 to San Jose. But he's watched film since then, and here was the take he offered today:

It’s never as good as you think it is when you win; it’s never as bad as you think it is when you lose. Obviously there were some individual mistakes: I think Brad has big enough shoulders where he’ll accept that, he understands that. Those were very helpful to their goals, but there were also some team mistakes. On the first goal I thought the whole team stopped and assumed the ball was going to go out of bounds and assumed that (Marvell) Wynne wasn’t going to catch it. And Wynne caught it and crossed it; and we always talk about marking players in the box not marking space, and we were marking space. We had two players marking space -- Brad and Tyrone – and (Chris Wondolowski) is in the space in between. The second one is just a complete error on Brad’s part: bad decision, bad play. It has nothing to do with the position, it’s just a bad play. And then the third goal – as the first, running with people off one-twos – didn’t run with the player off a one-two, stepped up when we shouldn’t have stepped up. The end of the play is the easy part. But we’ve scored five goals this year, and I’m sure on all five goals in the other coach’s eyes there were mistakes along the way.

On whether that performance affects the club's timetable for deciding about Evans' conversion to CB: It doesn’t change anything. When you look back from that standpoint, I think last year we were pretty consistent with how we approached Stefan Frei, and there were a lot of goals there where people said, ‘Oh, maybe we need to change.’ We didn’t, and it worked out well for us at the end of the day. I think he had a bad game, and I think he’d be the first one to admit that. … He’s not here today because his grandmother passed away, actually before the game.