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Sounders: Soul searching in the locker room

Here's some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake dropped them to 0-3-1 on the season.

Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn coming out with such a strong lineup in advance of CCL match Tuesday: “Guys should be able to play two games in a week. If they are not able to do that then maybe there is something wrong with what we are doing fitness-wise or with what they are doing fitness-wise.” On not getting enough offense out of the team: “Well with the way we were playing it didn’t really surprise me. We weren’t playing well and they were playing well. We weren’t running with people. At the end of the day, you have got to keep the ball, and in order to keep the ball you have got to get the ball. So if you don’t go and get the ball, you won’t be able to keep it.” On what Seattle needs to do to get the bad taste out of their mouths before Tuesday: “Well there is going to have to be a lot of soul searching from the guys in the locker room and from us as a staff as well.” On what is causing such hardship for Seattle: “We’re picking and choosing what times in the game when we want to play. We have moments in the game where three or four guys are involved and some other guys aren’t involved, then some other guys get involved and others aren’t. We have yet to have a game where all 11 guys are involved for the whole 90 minutes. Players have to take hold of the game.” Defender DJIMI TRAOREOn what was discussed during the post-game team meeting: “You work hard, you should be better than that – we know we’re better than that, especially for the first 45 minutes. Now, it’s time to react, and we don’t need more talk – we need more action on the pitch. The way you train is the way you play, and all that matters is what you do, what you show on the pitch. We need to take orders, take responsibility, and yes of course I’m bothered by [the start].” Midfielder STEVE ZAKUANIOn how well the team played against Real Salt Lake: “We didn’t play well. They could have been up 5-0 on us at half. We improved our play in the second half – we did what we could, but the game was lost by then. At 0-3-1, our record is not good. We have to take what’s coming our way: the criticism, the backlash – we deserve it, but the good thing is that the season is still young. We have time to turn it around, and CONCACAF is a good escape for us. We’ll come back to MLS play in a couple weeks’ time, and hopefully we’ll be ready for it.” Goalkeeper MICHAEL GSPURNINGOn whether Seattle’s slow start is a concern, or just something that will fix itself as the season progresses: “The reality is that we are dead last in the league after four games. It’s not what we think we are – what we are doing is important.”

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