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Sounders unhappy with 1-0 loss, but not effort

Here's some more of what some Sounders had to say tonight after their 1-0 loss at Portland:

Coach SIGI SCHMID On the decision to play Marcus Hahnemann:"We just felt with Michael [Gspurning] it was just a situation that sometimes you just got to step back and view it from the outside. I thought Marcus did well, I didn't think Marcus had a lot to do. I can't remember a real difficult save that he had to make over the 90 minutes. The goal we weren't tight to guys at the top of the 18 and the ball slipped in. But outside of that, I didn't think Marcus had anything to do." On losing their third straight match:"Right now I think we're a little bit snake bit. I think tonight again, like I said, the ball that [Adam] Moffat plays across that Dempsey heads off the post, there were scrambles that we had in the first half and Lamar Neagle's header that [Donovan] Ricketts gets his hand on and also touches off the post as it goes by. I think there were just other scrambles in the box that we were around it and we were close to it, but right now nothing's falling for us. We seem to be a little bit snake bit. For sure, the last two games, if we were to play with the effort that we had tonight we wouldn't be in this position right now. But I'm proud of the effort that we showed tonight." On whether the game is a game to build off of:"It's a game we have to build off of. Over 90 minutes when you look at chances created, I thought we created the better chances, but we showed character and determination and even with 10 men we still created the chance to tie the game. That's something we have to build upon." On the decision to sub out Clint Dempsey in the 77th minute:"He was trying his best but he was carrying his shoulder. He couldn't go into challenges and tackles, he couldn't run normally, all those things affected him." Midfielder OSVALDO ALONSO"I think we played good. We got chances, unfortunately we didn't score but, you know, it's all good. We got to move forward and look forward to the next game." On receiving a red card in the second half:"Getting a red card and getting my team to have a man down is always tough to play with, with ten men. You know, it is what it is. We got to, like I said, look forward and look forward to Dallas and play to win." Midfielder ALEX CASKEYOn the ankle injury impacting his performance:"I don't think so, I mean, I'm as close to 100% as I ought to be, so it felt good to get back and just happy to be out there." On being back on the field:"I don't think there was one specific instance, but more just doing things: cutting, especially striking balls on the right foot which was probably the thing that was most painful. Being able to do those completely comfortably was really tough for me." On rebounding from the loss:"I think so. And Sigi [Schmid] said after the game was the one thing we can't fault is our effort, everyone gave a lot and I thought the second half especially we had a lot of good chances to even it up, especially against a good team on the road, so I think it's a positive moving forward and maybe a blessing in disguise kind of, for us moving forward for these last two games." Goalkeeper MARCUS HAHNEMANN"Our last two games obviously we hadn't maybe had as much heart as we wanted, we kind of huffed and puffed, for a little bit in the games and it wasn't quite there today. I thought, you know, we battled all the way to the very last minute with ten men and hit the bar twice. With a little more luck, we could have taken the lead in the game. You know, obviously frustrating especially at the end of the game when they put the standings up on the scoreboard and see Portland goes in front of us. A lot of fans came down here and we disappointed in ourselves and everyone's gutted with the result. Sigi [Schmid] commented on our work rate, which we put in to the very end." On Kalif Alhassan's goal:"They hit a cross in, and I always take first couple steps to see if I can come get it, try to take as much pressure off my defense as I can, and it was just too low, it had to come through about three or four guys and so I got back in position and unlucky for us it goes right to their guy and he smashes it in the corner. Super frustrating, and they got through once on the break just before that and Ozzy [Alonso] is tracking back and he took a really big touch so I think that this is my chance so I gone out and slid and made him take that touch around me and I was able to block enough of the goal and Ozzy is there to clear the danger. We worked really well together and it's just disappointing to go down one-nil obviously but we're in the game until the end and [Steve] Zakuani comes on and he hasn't played a lot recently, he's had that injury, really unlucky for him and his deflection hits the crossbar as well. We could've easily snuck a point out of it and it would've been great, but we were just a little bit unlucky today." On the team being snake bit:"Yeah, I don't know. You look at [the shot] that hits the crossbar and it goes out you think yeah, our luck's against us. But the only way you can change your luck is through hard work, which is what we did tonight. That's how I've done it throughout my career, is you work your ass off through training every day and you become lucky. Not because you're lucky, but because of the hard work you put in. And that's what we did today and what we need to keep doing and tough games like this is what's going to happen in the playoffs. So it's a pretty good test for us and we easily could've come on top today and it's a bit unfortunate that we didn't." On what went well in the match:"This is not an easy place to come play. Obviously we're disappointed with the result but the fight we showed all the way to the last minute and it was great team spirit and I think we can build on that, for sure."