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Schmid says he's happy with defensive personnel -- including goalkeeper -- but decisions must improve

Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid was asked if he still has confidence in his defensive personnel after the 5-0 loss Sunday at New England:

"Yeah, I’m confident in the personnel we have defensively," he said. "Defending is everybody: It’s all 11 players. It’s our reaction to the ball, our transition from offense to defense, is it quick enough, is it appropriate, are we coming back into the right spaces. All of those things are things that we looked at, and then at the end of the day you have to make plays on the defensive end. For us it’s a situation of we’ve got to make better decisions. Obviously if people don’t make better decisions soon then we have to look at different options. I’m still happy with the defenders."

Schmid was specifically asked about goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and about DeAndre Yedlin, who was subbed out Saturday.

On Yedlin: I could have chosen some other people at that point in time. It was just a situation that I chose DeAndre. We wanted to get Leo on the field, we thought Evans could slide over to the other side. DeAndre really hadn’t been off the field all year. I just decided to do it that way. No secret coded Dick Tracy message or anything like that.

On Frei: I think Stefan’s played all right. I think he’ll be the first to admit that a couple of goals he could have done better on. I really don’t think there was a lot he could have done on a couple of them. The one goal, it’s like, well maybe he could have had a better angle to block that shot far post, but then he gives up the near post, so you want to make sure you don’t give up the near post. I think the third goal – the one that Bunbury hit and Djimi Traore left his feet and the rebound came in and hit Stefan on the foot and went in – I think that was not a good goal. I think he’ll be the first to admit that. But at the end of the day, I don’t care if we would have had whomever in goal at that time – we could have had Gigi Buffon – I don’t think it would have made a difference in the game overall.

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