The Sounders returned to training today at Starfire for the first time since their 5-0 loss at New England. Naturally, that franchise-worst defeat was a chief topic, and the Sounders' attitude might have been best articulated by Lamar Neagle.
"I think you have to remember the lesson and forget the event that happened," he said. "You definitely have to learn from it, obviously, but I think we’re still No. 1. Although it’s 5-0, it’s still just one game that you lost. It counts as one loss, the same, although it may sting a bit more. We’re a good team, we still believe in ourselves, so we’re ready for San Jose."
Here's how some other's put it:
Defender CHAD MARSHALL: I think you just look at it as an isolated incident. I hopefully it’s the outlier of the season. I think every team has that one or two games every year where you’re like ‘Nothing really well right for us.’ We watched video, we learned a few things, but I think for the most part I think we put it behind us and focus on the next game.
Defender ZACH SCOTT: There are going to be off games here and there where we aren’t able to play our best soccer, but good teams in the long run are going to push through those and I think this weekend is a big test, how we respond after putting in not our best performance. We can come up with a litany of excuses, but we’re not gonna. We’re going to focus on what got us to this point – what put us into first place in the league – and get back to winning way.