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Schmid: 'I thought for sure that this could be our year to climb that mountain'

Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after the SOunders were eliminated on an away goal despite winning tonight 2-1 and being even 2-2 with Los Angeles on aggregate.

Opening statement: Difficult game for us today in terms of the result, because we came out and we won the game. Last week we advanced on away goals, this series we get knocked out on the away goal. The start of the game was theirs a little bit, but I thought for the last 20 minutes of the first half it was all ours. We got the two goals. We were close to getting a third. We had some really good chances. Even when they scored the 2-1, I thought we still got some good opportunities, some good looks. ... I’m really proud of our team. I’m proud of their effort. I’m proud of their fight to the very end. I think these two teams are equal. I think the aggregate score reflects that. I thought we were a little bit unlucky today. My heart goes out to our fans and to our team because I think they’ve battled and done really well this season and deserved to go to the MLS Cup final. But that’s not the way it turned out.

The Supporters Shield is nice – it’s great, because it’s a reflection of the whole season, it shows that we were the best team over the whole season. But unfortunately our league decides that the MLS Cup winner is the top team, and that’s a mountain that we haven’t climbed yet. I thought for sure that this could be our year to climb that mountain. I thought we were very close to it.

There’s nothing I want to do more than to bring an MLS Cup to the city of Seattle because the fans deserve it, and their support has been phenomenal. … I want to say thank you, and we’re sorry because we want to win it for them, we really do.