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Marshall absence hurt, "We hope it's not long term"

Here's coach Sigi Schmid on the absence of central defender Chad Marshall:

"It certainly hurt us. Chad got rear-ended on Saturday, so that’s why we held him out of practice on Sunday. He was feeling better, sneezed this morning and his whole back spasmed on him so he couldn’t play. Chad’s a big part of our defense. Dylan Remick hasn’t played in a long time, so it was a big game for him coming back into this game. It made it a little bit harder."

On the prognosis: "We’re hoping. He’s going to see somebody tomorrow, so we’re going to hope it's not long term."

Goalkeeper STEFAN FREIOn loss of Marshall: We had to make a couple of adjustments. But we were struggling with the possession thing more. They’re very good on the counter. We gave them some opportunities to counter with poor possession on our part and they made us pay for it early on. TOught game for us at home.

CHAD BARRETTOn loss of Marshall: It was a huge blow. Everybody thought he was going to play. He’s a huge part of how we play, and the commander in our back line. But you know, you have to make changes and people should be able to fill in. For this reason, that and another we were just out of sorts and we just couldn’t figure it out. And it’s not up to the coaches, it’s up to the players on the field to try and figure it out and we didn’t do that. Credit to LA.

LA coach BRUCE ARENA (On if Chad Marshall playing would’ve made a difference for Seattle…) “Everybody misses players. It’s all part of it. He certainly is a good player. Would he have made a difference in the game? I don’t know.”