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Sounders liked 0-2 half better than 0-0 half

Seattle lost 2-0 to Philadelphia tonight. They were even 0-0 at halftime, before giving up two goals in the second half.

But it says a lot about the sport of soccer that the Sounders thought the second half was by far their second half.

Coach Sigi Schmid:Especially the first half I thought Philly was the better team. It was kind of a strange game because they really dominated the first half and we were 0-0. I thought the second half was less so, but that’s when they got the goals. I think they did well to finish their goals. Obviously we could have done a better job shielding the ball, and we got caught on a counter on the corner because some guys were in the wrong positions. But it happened. For us it wasn’t our best game. I know we’ve been through a lot as a team. I know we’ve been on some emotional highs the last two weeks and sometimes you come out a little bit flat, and they were a little bit flat today – especially int the first half and we left it for a little bit too late. But it just serves as a reminder that in this league everything’s so tight that if you come and aren’t wholly prepared to do all the work you need to do, then you come up short. But thankfully that’s not our normal operation style. So we take what is it: We take it on the chin and learn from it.

Midfielder Brad Evans:Just coming out slow the past couple of games seems to be the case. We play with half the intensity that we did in the second half, then we come out on top. We came out slow. That’s the bottom line: We came out slow. We absorbed pressure. They had good possession, but they weren’t dangerous. They didn’t get any good, clear possession in the first half. And when we did get possession, we didn’t connect enough passes, and that’s the name of the game I guess. They get two soft goals. We kind of gifted them two.