Here is Seattle coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after the Sounders' 1-0 loss at Portland tonight:
"I thought we battled and competed. We were unlucky. We hit the crossbar in the first half. We hit the crossbar again in the second half, even playing a man down. I didn’t think we deserved to lose this game at all. We deserved to come away with at least a tie. The early foul on Dempsey where (Diego) Chara fouls him and he ends up with an AC joint sprain – a dislocation there. He tried to play on and play through it and Chara commits I think four fouls in the first half and never gets carded. That was a key turning point in the game. And obviously you look at the times that Dempsey got fouled, that crap’s got to stop. The referee’s got to protect him, and they don’t. It doesn’t matter if a foul is early in the game or late in the game. And the first time we committed a hard foul it was immediately a yellow card on Moffat. I think that set a tone for the game as well, so I think in the second half it got a little more physical because we realized that they weren’t going to call stuff, so we talked about we have to be a little bit more physical, which we did I thought in the second half. And overall, like I said, I thought the game was at the very worst an even game."
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