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Schmid: "One of those days," hopes for Cup rematch

Here's some of what Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid had to say after today's 5-0 loss at New England:

It was just one of those days, you know. I think we had more of the game in the first 15-20 minutes. They scored two goals against the run of play. I think they had eight shots and four goals in the first half. I thought we over-passed a little bit on the edge of the 18. There were a couple of times where I thought we had good looks and good shots. If (Obafemi Martins) scores that header early, maybe things change. We know we’re going to lose some games this year, but I thought we threw too many people forward, left ourselves exposed for the counter. I thought they did a good job of countering today. They executed well when they got forward, and it’s just a game that we got to forget about.

We had possession of the ball. We were the ones holding the ball, knocking the ball around, so it wasn’t a situation where our legs were so heavy that we couldn’t play soccer. We played soccer, but I think maybe psychologically, maybe we weren’t as alert as we needed to be in certain occasions, you know, around the box and maybe defensively as well. Even defensively, our positional defense was not good.

You can’t get too high, you can’t get too low. Obviously they had a great win today. It’s for their coaching staff to determine if they think they’re five goals better than us. I don’t think they’re five goals better than us, but today they were five goals better than us and we have to accept it. That pain will sit with us, and hopefully we’ll meet again in MLS Cup.

We had plenty of good looks. We had plenty of opportunities. (Bobby) Shuttleworth came up with a couple of good saves. We missed some shots that we normally put on frame and that’s maybe that little bit of sharpness that was missing. But I wasn’t displeased offensively what we did, and I thought we had a lot of good looks on goal.

We will bounce back. That’s all. There’s no other option.