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Schmid: "We didn't play well," but unrelated to Open Cup

Here's some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say after his team's 4-1 loss at New York: On the match:Obviously we didn’t play well in my mind. Giving up that early goal was bad. We talk about it all the time, that off the kick off we want to put the ball into the other team’s end of the field and then start the game from there. It started off badly for us there. The penalty kick in the second half killed us. [Kenny] Cooper has a great chance in the first half, we could’ve come out of the first half 1-1, and needed to come out 1-1. Then we take the penalty kick and then we’re naïve on the third goal as well and then the game is over. We got the 3-1, 4-1, we almost had 4-2, you know, it would’ve made a difference, but we had a lot of tired guys, I needed to rest some guys today, there was no other option, there was no way around that. But disappointed in the performance of some of our guys and I think Red Bull was highly motivated, they were going to bring their top game into this one, and they did, and they finished their chances much better than we finished ours. On if the team was battling a U.S. Open Cup hangover:It’s not an Open Cup hangover. Anytime you have a game like that you’re going to maybe start off flat, and we started off flat, but after 10-15 minutes I felt we were okay, but we just made too many individual mistakes. I mean you look at the PK [penalty kick], we give that away, you look at the third goal where we just get beat for pace and our right back’s not that slow, he shouldn’t get beat for pace. Djimi Traore clears the ball right to the guy, so that’s another goal. You know it’s a lot of individual mistakes that ended up happening that cost the team. I don’t think we kept possession well enough, as well; you know in keeping possession and take some of that pressure off of you, but it’s just one of those days at the office where you forget about it and you move on. On Bradley Wright-Phillips:Well I thought the third goal he got was a good goal. He made a good run in between the two defenders and he finished the cross really well, so I thought that was a good goal. Obviously he’s taking PK’s and he’s finishing those, you got to make those, so you got to take your hat off to him there, and I thought we gifted him the first goal.

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