After giving up four goals Saturday in Montreal, Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith's goals-against average has climbed over a goal a game for the first time this season, at 1.33.
At training today, we asked coach Sigi Schmid if the young keeper might be slipping back a bit after his sizzling start.
"It’s possible," Schmid said. "He’s a young goalkeeper, and his calm and his demeanor are one of his strengths. On the first goal, I don’t think there’s much he could do. On the second goal, because of the angle that Mapp’s coming he, he could bend it far post on him. The third goal (shown above) he’s got to save—he knows that, and he’ll be the first one to admit that. It’s just sometimes things aren’t falling your way, sometimes it’s good to take a step back, sometimes you need a little bit of a talking to. What that final answer is we’ll know on Wednesday."
If the he chooses the "step back," it would likely mean a first Sounders start for veteran Andrew Weber. Schmid said today that No. 1 keeper Michael Gspurning (hip) is making progress but not yet ready to return.
Here's some of what Meredith had to say Overview: When you take some goals it’s tough. You just have to move forward from it, and push on on Wedneday. We have to have a much better showing on Wednesday. They’re a good team, and I think as long as we play our game we should be fine.
On pushing Montreal out of his mind: You still have to let it settle in your mind and think about it a little bit, but not too much. You don’t want to dwell on it too long because then it might affect you later on.