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Sounders ornery over 0-2-1 start, but veterans confident they'll climb back to playoffs

Tonight's 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes dropped the Sounders’ record to 0-2-1, matching the worst start in their five seasons.

Afterward club leaders said confidence remains – after all, the 2011 club endured the same start and went on to a club-record 18 wins. But they’re also well aware that they wake up this morning in last place in the MLS Western Conference.

Here's what some of them had to say on earning one point in three games:

Coach SIGI SCHMIDIt’s just you need a result to help your team get confidence. We’ve got guys who are pretty ambitious and driven., and when they don’t get results they get a little ornery I guess is the best word. We’ve got to continue to have that hunger and turn that hunger into wins.

Goalkeeper MICHAEL GSPURNINGIt’s absolutely up to us veterans. You can’t ask of DeAndre, for example, that he should lead now in this situation. It’s up to us. But we know the situation. The leaders, we know what to do. It’s important that we know, of course, that our quality is better than one point out of three games. We also were a little unlucky and it looks not good on the table if you look on the table and you’re the last team.

Midfielder OSVALDO ALONSOWe feel disappointed. One point, three games, always bad. But we have to look forward. We have more games coming up. We have to prepare more – physically, mentally – to play again. ... We have only three games into the season. We have more games coming up. So we have to look forward. We have enough games to jump to that point to get to the playoffs.