The Sounders return to training today and then will fly out tomorrow for Southern California, where they will meet Chivas USA on Saturday.
A theme in the locker room last night was the appreciation of that quick turnaround, which they hope will let them put the 2-0 Wednesday loss to Columbus behind them.
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn what they need to do before Saturday’s match) “We’ve got to see who’s healthy, but we need to soul search. I need to soul search. Our staff needs to [soul search]. We need to figure out what are things that we want to do, even at the end of the game where we wanted certain guys to do things and explained it to them and they still didn’t quite do what we wanted them to do. But again, I’m not pointing to them. I’m pointing to myself. I’ve got to make sure that gets done, so we’ve got to have a coming to the mountain and understating that we’ve got to get back on the same page.” On if refocusing and coming together as a team will be harder on a short week) “When you play a game like this the first thing you want to do is play again. You want to get out on the field so that you can erase the memory of this kind of game.” Forward EDDIE JOHNSONOn what they need to do before the Chivas match) “Just the biggest thing is it’s over with. The good thing is – like you said, we’re winless in three – but the good thing is we’ve got a quick turnaround so we don’t have a long time to dwell on this loss. We have a tough game coming up against Chivas USA away and we’ve just got to be prepared to go out there and get a result. It’s not going to be easy. No game is easy in MLS. It’s a tough league. We’ve just got to get right. I’m not too concerned, like I said. If we weren’t creating chances, then you’d have to be concerned but we’re creating chances and eventually they’ll go in.” Defender MARC BURCHOn going forward) “We have Chivas on Saturday and we need to win. We need to get back in the win column and start moving up the ladder. It’s a Western Conference game so it’s a big deal. Chivas is starting to get some points now.”