Coach Sigi Schmid wasn't happy after the game tonight. And he apparently expressed that to his team far longer than usual tonight, as he didn't come into the media room for about 25 minutes after the game. About twice as long as usual.
When he arrived, he made it clear that he thought some of his players became more interested in complaining to the referee than playing the game.
"I was disappointed in terms of our team's focus at times," he said. "I thought we got overly concerned about the referee and weren't concerned enough about our play. I'm a big believer that you've got so much energy to expend over 90 minutes and if you expend a lot of energy dealing with the referee, you're not going to have that energy to deal with the game. And that was the thing that we just talked about."
As for that late red card on Tyrone Marshall, that was due to the referee's assistant seeing Marshall throw a punch. And after the game, Marshall didn't exactly deny that.
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"The referee said I punched a guy, the striker," Marshall said. "When that happens, you always see the what happened afterward, and not what happened before. He was coming in being very aggressive, I think he ran into me with his elbow, and being the competitor that I am, I'm not going to take that. ... I mean punch thrown or not, I think it was one of those games that was really scrappy and things were going on, so if they want to call a red card and give me a red card and not the other guy, I don't think that's fair. If he's going to give a red card, I think both persons have to get a red card."
We know the drill by now: Marshall will miss next week's game. And it happens to be a big one at conference-leading Chivas USA.
Here's the game report:
CLB -- Alejandro Moreno 2 (Pat Noonan 1, Jed Zayner 1) 12
SEA -- Nate Jaqua 3 (Freddie Ljungberg 2) 58
Columbus Crew -- Andy Gruenebaum, Jed Zayner, Eric Brunner, Chad Marshall, Gino Padula, Emmanuel Ekpo (Steven Lenhart 80), Eddie Gaven, Danny O'Rourke (Duncan Oughton 89), Robbie Rogers, Pat Noonan (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 69), Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Burns, Jason Garey, Alex Grendi, Alec Duffy.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (3 tied with 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (5 tied with 1); FOULS: 22 (Emmanuel Ekpo 4, Jed Zayner 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 1, Pat Noonan 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Eddie Gaven 2); SAVES: 1 (Andy Gruenebaum 1)
Seattle Sounders FC -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Freddie Ljungberg, Peter Vagenas (Patrick Ianni 64), Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero (Nathan Sturgis 89), Nate Jaqua (Sebastien Le Toux 83).
Substitutes Not Used: Stephen King, Roger Levesque, Sanna Nyassi, Ben Dragovan.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Nate Jaqua 1, Fredy Montero 1); FOULS: 14 (Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Nate Jaqua 2); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Freddie Ljungberg 7); SAVES: 4 (Kasey Keller 4)
SEA -- Peter Vagenas (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 37
SEA -- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution; Dissent) 68
CLB -- Guillermo Barros Schelotto (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 73
CLB – Emmanuel Ekpo (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 73
SEA -- Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Dissent) 89
SEA -- Tyrone Marshall (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 92+
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee's Assistants: -Emiliano Monje; David Bragg
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 1:54
This was the Sounders' fifth straight draw drops them into third place in the Western Conference, now behind Chivas and Houston. It also drops them in history behind the 1998 Chicago Fire, whose 6-5 start now ranks as the best by an MLS expansion team after 11 games.
58th minute: Sounders draw even as Ljungberg sent a little popup of a pass into the box to Nate Jaqua, who vollied it into the net, high and wide of Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum.
Halftime: Sluggish, aimless first half by the Sounders. Yet, they should be even, as Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Zakuani worked a sweet little give-and-go through the penalty area and Ljungberg was brought down about a yard from the end line. The penalty was called, Ljungberg went to the spot and he put his kick -- the Sounders' first PK this regular season -- wide left.
12th minute After a pretty aimless first 10 minutes, Columbus moves ahead on a low header by Alejandro Monero after a cross from Pat Noonan.
Kickoff: We've begun. I'll pop in with updates of goals and other highlights, then early impressions from halftime, then postgame notes and quotes. Your comments, as always, are encouraged.
Golden scarf: This weeks' Sounders' golden scarf is being presented to new Seahawks head coach Jim Mora.
7 p.m. We've just received the starting lineups, and both Freddie Ljungberg and Brad Evans are back in. Here's the full list:
Sounders: GK, Keller; D Riley, Hurtado, Marshall, Wahl; M Evans, Ljungberg, Vagenas, Zakuani; F Montero, Jaqua.
Crew: GK, Greunebaum; D Zayner, Brunner, Marshall, Padula; M Ekpo, Gaven, O'Rourke, Rogers; F Noonan, Moreno.
Keller and Moreno are captains.
6:30 p.m. The Houston Dynamo just defeated Toronto, which sends them at least brielfly past Seattle in the MLS standings. The Dynamo is now 5-2-3 (18 pts), while the Sounders to into tonight's game with Columbus at 4-2-4 (16 pts). That, of course, means that the Sounders need a win tonight to move back into second place in the West behind Chivas USA (7-2-3; 24).
6 p.m.: Just arrived at Qwest and received a Sounders announcement that the New Zealand National Team has called up forward Jarrod Smith for the FIFA Confederations Cup and related friendlies. Smith, who is currently on the injured reserve list, will travel Sunday, May 31, to join the national team.
However, the good news for the Sounders is that there is no word about Colombia calling Fredy Montero.
Smith was last called up by New Zealand in late March for friendlies at Thailand, but he did not see action.
Meanwhile, as expected, the Sounders FC have placed defender Taylor Graham on injured reserve due to a fracture of the third metatarsal of his right foot. He is required to miss the next six MLS games, which means he would be eligible to return to league play for the July 11 game versus Houston.