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Schmid happy to equalize, unhappy about red cards

Here's some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say after the 2-2 draw at Philadelphia today:

[caption id="attachment_34809" align="alignleft" width="200"] Schmid Schmid[/caption]On the gameWe were happy that once we got down two to one that we came back and equalized the game. I thought we had some chances earlier in the game that we should have done a little more with and obviously they came back and had chances. It could have been five- five, it was a pretty open game, a pretty attack-minded game.

On the red cardsI am not happy about us getting the two cards, I didn’t quite understand the first set of circumstances, I was a little confused by that. On his team getting into a flow earlyWell its good for us to score a goal, it’s good for us to be able to score early but when we score we have got to hold on to that and use it to our advantage, which we did by creating some chances after that.

On the difference in the start of the second halfWell they (Philadelphia) started to control the game from about the 25th minute on, they were over-loading the outsides, they were bringing their outside backs forward. The game was physical—not much was being called—that allowed them to get through on some combinations, then we were tucked in a little too far and we gave them too much control.

On the new additions to the line-upIt has been our story all season, today was our 10th different lineup in 10 games and our next game will be our 11th different lineup in 11 games. Philadelphia I think has played the same team the past four games, we haven’t had that luxury. So once we get to that level I think it will improve our play. It’s just guys missing, not knowing what the guy next to him is going to do. This is the first game Eddie and Lamar have played together. If you play more games together you have a better understanding of what the other person is going to do.

On Osvaldo missing the gameFirst we want to congratulate Ossie and his wife on the birth of their daughter and hope everything is going well and everybody is healthy. But certainly Ossie is an important player for us, so it is some big shoes to fill but I though Servando Carrasco played well today I though he stepped up and had is opportunity and took his opportunity well.

On Mario MartinezWe wanted to bring Mario on because we felt we could get a little bit of attacking space there, I even wanted to make him be even more aggressive on the left hand side and go at (Ray) Gaddis a little bit more. But he ended up setting up that goal and had some good situations.