Here was Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid's overview on the game, and especially the red card call that led to Celtic's first goal:
t still ended up being a decent game. It could have been a good game. Sort of like, what’s that book? ‘A Good Walk Spoiled.” It was a good game spoiled by I thought a poor decision. It is what it is, but I’m proud of how our team continued to play. I’m proud that we pulled a goal back. I was a little disappointed with the second goal we gave up because I thought we were a little lazy on our defending on that. But I was proud of our mentality and the way we played in the second half especially.
On what he said to the ref: My two things were this: The guy scored the goal – he could have let the goal count, he didn’t need to come back for the penalty. He said he had blown the whistle so he needed to call the penalty. I said, ‘So you needed to red-card the guy?’ He said those were the rules. I said, so you ruined the game for 40,000 people. And then I asked them where their communication was, because normally the fourth official is in communication with the guys in the middle, the linesman as well, and apparently – maybe it was U.S. Soccer’s frugality or whatever the case – but they had no communication system. Not everybody had that. I said that would be like us showing us without uniforms. I just left it at that. I figured I was close enough to getting thrown out.
And this from CELTIC MANAGER NEIL LENNON
A lot of pleasing performances. Hooiveld, Misun, McCourt, Hinkel, Ferry. It was a really worthwhile exercise. I'm pleased we won as well. I thought we should've won the game more comfortably. Disappointed with the goal we conceded, but overall pleased with the work rate we've got.
On wanting to play 11v11: Yeah, I thought the referee should've just let the goal stand as it was and common sense prevails, you know? But I think he had already made the decision to give the penalty and the laws of the game. The goalkeeper unfortunately had to go, but sometimes it's worthwhile playing against 10 men to see how we adapt. But probably would've preferred 11 v. 11 yeah.
On MLS: Good standard. I think the American players, I like their temperament. I like the professionalism as well. They're all very athletic and I'm pretty surprised by the level of technical ability the majority of them have showed in the couple of game that we've played them.