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Schmid disappointed by two "really soft" goals

Here's what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say after today's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC:

(On his thoughts on the result…) “[We’re] obviously disappointed, especially since we gave up two goals that were really soft. We gave them two gifts. The first was at a time when [Brad] Evans was off injured and wasn’t back on the field—we didn’t cover the position, so that’s our fault. We didn’t do that well. The second one was a bad back pass. It went right to him. Obviously when you’re going to do that against a good player like [Jermain] Defoe, and give him two good looks on goal, he is going to show you he is a good player and he did. I thought the majority of the game we carried the game. Their danger was off counters or off steals, but we hurt ourselves because we created those opportunities by playing too many square passes when we needed to go forward with it. Too many passes went back and it put us in a hole. We had enough chances in the second half to equalize the game.”

(On another physical game…) “[The opposition] can’t keep averaging 25 fouls against us every game. It’s one way that disrupts the rhythm of play a little bit, when teams are fouling us that much. If you add that up for a whole season I don’t know if it’s a team record for us or for any team in the league to get fouled that often. Certainly there were quite a few fouls.”

(On the team’s second half performance…) “I thought we came out in the second half and carried it to them. I thought we played to win. I thought our attitude was good. I thought some of our guys lifted their game—I thought (Obafemi Martins) lifted his game, I thought (Lamar) Neagle was better in the second half than the first, and Clint (Dempsey) began to see the ball more. From that standpoint I thought it was good. How you deal with adversity is what defines your character. Today was a little bit of adversity and we put ourselves into that situation, and now we have to come back from that.”

(On Gonzalo Pineda filling in for Brad Evans…) “I thought Gonzalo did well for us. Obviously he is still new to the team a little bit. He still needs to gain a bit on his fitness, but I thought his passing today helped us. His vision is good. We felt he was the right guy to go with because we felt there was space to play, and we were possessing the ball, so we thought that was the right decision. Brad got kicked in the calf—it is pretty black, blue, and swollen, so obviously he couldn’t continue.”

(On Brad Evans’ injury…) “We will get a better response over the next day or two and see how he responds to treatment. “

(On the positioning up top…) “We felt that we could get the ball forward so we went with (Marco) Pappa in that slot on the right hand side, and we felt that (Lamar) Neagle could stretch their defense on the left because he has the ability to do that. For the first 15, 20 minutes of the game I felt we were doing that. We were having some success. There were too many times when we got the ball behind their midfield line, but we didn’t get the ball behind their back four. That’s when we went back to square instead of going forward, and that’s something we will work on and get better with.”

(On game tactics…) “Our tactics were that we wanted (Marco) Pappa tucked in on the right and we wanted (Lamar) Neagle to be high and wide on the left. Those were our tactics going into the game and I think we had the better of the run-play. We had the tactics that I thought were working, but we didn’t convert them into goals.”

(On creating chances…) “All we can do is create chances and try to convert the chances you create. I think we created chances, enough chances to win the game, but you’re happy that there is some good soccer that we played, but unhappy with the turnovers we gave and really unhappy with the fact we didn’t deal well with the situation when Brad (Evans) was off the field injured. I think that is something we have to deal with better.”

(On Toronto’s improvement…) “Obviously they are a better team. When you have players like (Michael) Bradley and (Jermain) Defoe, you’re going to be a better team. But when you look at the game I think we carried the game, we possessed the ball, they were looking to counterattack […] I don’t know if they could play week in, week out and be on the wrong side of possession, as they were today. When you have as much possession as we had, you’ve got to do a better job on converting final chances. They are certainly an improved team—Julio Cesar is a quality goalkeeper, Bradley certainly helps them as well, and Defoe is an experienced player.”

(On Gonzalo Pineda’s playing time in the future…) “We’ll have to see. I thought the first 15, 20 minutes, we were good. Pineda wasn’t on the field there and we carried the game to them. We felt that when Brad got injured, we needed to bring in a change and we felt that he was the guy who could help us keep playing the way we were playing.”

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