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Offense (and offsides calls) still no better

The Sounders went through a full-game scrimmage today at Starfire.

After, we got a little time with coach Sigi Schmid and I asked his morning-after thoughts on Saturday's scoreless draw at Vancouver, after he had had a chance not only to reflect, but to study the video.

“The good news is obviously for that group defensively I think it is the third shutout in a row. That is a positive sign," he said. "I thought that there were times when we turned the ball over in bad spaces and at bad times and we still recovered and played all right defensively. Some of those offsides calls are even harder to understand after you watch the video tape of the plays. So I thought we were on the edge of breaking through a couple times in the first half and if you get a goal there, that changes it. But still, overall our movement of the ball, our spacing was not as good as I want it to be. That part of it will come. We trained a little bit harder on Friday than we normally would have done a day before a game because we are still trying to make sure we are there fitness-wise. So I’m not very concerned with that. I didn’t think we were as sharp or as quick as we wanted to be mentally. And it’s still a matter of finding the right combination. We will probably play a couple of different combinations against Portland [Timbers] on Thursday and then make those decisions as we roll into the game against Colorado [Rapids].”