The Sounders 2-0 loss to Columbus tonight was one thing. Their 0-2-1 record over their past three games is something else.
Here's some of what the club had to say after the game:
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn if he sees any reoccurring trends over the winless last three games…) “Individual mistakes. It’s individual mistakes of people just doing the wrong reaction. Whether you look at a ball that skips over Adam [Johansson] against Real Salt Lake and ends up being a goal, even though we dominated the game. You look at us not running with [Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Alain] Rochat in Vancouver and [Jeff] Parke not sliding out. You look at Adam [Johansson] letting the guy get inside of him at the back post. A bouncing ball…a younger goalkeeper is off his line a couple steps when he needs to be back. So it’s individual mistakes, but we’re also hurting ourselves because we’re also turning the ball over at times. We’ve got to get on the same page. We can’t have a free kick where we send our center backs forward and then we decide to play it short, and then we lose the ball and it’s a counter and that’s the start of the first goal. Or send our center backs forward and we’ve got a free kick and we shoot it and it gets blocked and we’re lucky they didn’t counter on us there. It’s just right now we seem to be not on the same page at times when we’re doing things and that’s my job and I’ve got to make sure that we get on the same page.” On if the individual mistakes may have come from the team being tired…) “We had a week before Vancouver, so you’ve just got to concentrate on it. We’ve got to be more disciplined. We’ve got to get back to what we were doing at the beginning of the year, which is we all chipped in and we all worked hard for each other defensively and then took our opportunities when we got them. But it’s my job as a coach to make sure that we get on the same page and that we come out with that motivation. I thought the first 20 minutes of the second half we were very good, but we can’t wait 45 minutes always before we begin to play.” On not getting the desired results at home…) “It’s like I’ve told you before, teams get pumped up to play here. It’s not all about us and so forth. Yeah, the crowd helps us and it’s great that the crowd stays behind us even when the game is not going our way and that’s something as a team and as a club we’re very appreciative of. But also teams get pumped up when they play here. Teams find their best games sometimes when they play here, their best game of the whole year. So it’s a motivating factor for the opponent as well as being a motivating factor for us.” On if he saw a game like this coming…) “You hope a game like this isn’t coming, but it’s always been a streaky league. You’re going to have good streaks, you’re going to have bad streaks and like I said, there’s going to be streaks where you average a point a game and there’s going to be streaks where you average two points a game. Right now we’re giving away some games in hand, so I’m not happy about that and obviously, going 0-2-1 in the last three games is also something that we’re not happy about. But we’ve got to make this streak as short as possible and get out of it.” On scoring opportunities…) “Obviously, we had chances. [Alvaro] Fernandez’s chance at the end of the first half is as good a look as you’re going to get. That’s as close to almost an empty net as possible and Fredy [Montero] did well by turning his shot on the goal. We had a couple of other balls around there, but not quite as clean as we like it to be, but teams are also playing us very defensively. They’re packing it in the back and so they’re making it hard for us to break them down. There’s not a lot of space for us sometimes to get in behind them. So the quality of the service has to be a little bit better, the quality of the runs has to be a little bit better and that’s something that we’re going to continue to work on.” On Mauro Rosales and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado being out of the starting lineup tonight…) “Mauro is pretty banged up. At least today he didn’t get kicked. Every other game it seems when he starts the opponent wants to kick him. With [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] we felt we were trying to give our defenders a little bit of a break because they’ve logged a lot of minutes, especially with the injuries we have in the back, so that was the reason for those two changes.”
Forward EDDIE JOHNSON On the game…) “First, I just want to give credit to Columbus. They came here and to play in front of 40,000 fans against a good team, they were well-disciplined for 90 minutes and hard to break down. Sometimes football’s like that. You have a lot of chances and the keeper made some good saves on Fredy’s [Montero] opportunities, but on another day those shots go in. It was just not our day, but credit to those guys.” On why they haven’t had more success at home…) “I think teams—talking to some of the guys—I think it’s going to always be difficult coming home. A lot of teams in MLS have a lot of respect for our team. They know it’s tough coming here and they just try to get 10 guys behind the ball and try and score on a set piece. Once they get a goal, they pack it in. It’s something we’ve got to work on, we’ve got to expect. But at the end of the day, I’d be worried about our team if we weren’t creating chances but we’re creating chances. It’s just a matter of us putting them in the back of the net. I thought we got some good service sometimes, that final ball wasn’t there but I thought we were getting some good runs and getting some good crosses on it. Like I said, on another day, those opportunities go in.” On those goals coming against the run of play…) “The first goal, that was a good goal. I think they had the ball for a little bit, got it out wide and crossed the ball in and the guy made a good run from outside-in. That was a good goal. I thought we came out in the second half and really tried to take the game at them. That’s football, that happens when the other team’s pushing to get the equalizer. I think they got a throw-in and we were unfortunate to clear. The ball bounced in our defensive half and the guy hit a nice shot. It caught [Bryan] Meredith unexpected. But that’s football. We tried to come out and like I said, get something out of the second half but we were unfortunate to not but I credit our opponents.” Defender MARC BURCHOn the game...) “We have to figure out a way to play against teams that do that. Everybody sits in and they wait for one guy to try to make something happen. The second goal killed us. We were completely dominating in the second half, and most of the first half, too. They might have had two or three shots. We’re definitely the better team. We just have to figure out a way to win here.”
Midfielder DAVID ESTRADAOn the game...) “We knew it was going to be a hard-fought match. They probably had two chances they put on point. I think we were just unlucky that we didn’t get a goal today.”
On being close on a few chances...) “They were good shots from Fredy [Montero]. The keeper just had a good night. They just didn’t fall for us tonight.”