Here's coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after the Sounders' 2-0 loss to San Jose.
Obviously not pleased with the result: We’re a team that wants to get results. Tough match for us today. They were probably a little better than us at key moments in the game. I think for us, you need a full gas tank to play well sometimes, and when you’re playing on half a gas tank it’s making it a little bit tougher. Evans felt a tight groin, so he came out at halftime. We had to take Andy Rose out because he felt his hamstring getting tight. Marco Pappa was sick, was under the weather. Those are guys who might not have played under normal circumstances. But at the end of the day, the guys when out there, I thought they put in a good effort. I thought we were around the goal. Our quality at the final pass, the final finish, wasn’t as good as it needed to be. We really haven’t had a chance to train, and obviously there were a lot of new, young players who were out there. But was very happy with some of the guys who are getting a lot of minutes lately because of the injuries. I thought Roldan played well, I thought Azira played well, and so I’m not that disappointed. I am disappointed, but on the same token I’m proud of the effort that the guys put in.
More from Schmid:
On the injury to Brad Evans:“He felt it right before the game, thought, ‘Okay, let me get into the game, maybe it’ll get better. It’ll ease up.’ He hit a pass right before the game and that’s where he felt it. It just didn’t get any better. He didn’t feel like he could hit any long balls out of the back, so he was holding himself to short passes and things like that, so that’s why we made the change.” On any distractions:“No I think we were okay. I think our mentality, our focus was good. I think the only issue was a lot of guys having a lot of minutes on their backs…A lot of guys played 40 minutes two men down [on Tuesday] and that just carries with it.” On the play of the central midfield today:“I thought Azira and Roldan played really well. As the tandem deeper in the middle, I thought they were fine. We really didn’t feel like we had a second forward, per se, so that’s why we decided to go in a 4-2-3-1, and Rose was to join in to the attack. Pappa needed to join in. Pappa ended up playing a little too deep for my liking. I wanted him to be a little bit higher, but then again he was tied, as well. So we were looking for was getting those three underneath guys – Thomàs, Pappa and Rose to be a little more offensive than they were. But I thought Azira and Roldan were pretty solid.” On the message going into the match:“Our message going into the match was we’re coming out here to win the game. We’re going to fight, we’re going to battle and we’re going to make things tough on them. I think the first goal, the timing of it and when it came, hurt us a little bit. I didn’t think we had given up much until that point. I thought we were pretty solid defensively. Made a couple of errors there and they got that goal, so that made it a little more difficult for us. The object was to play to zero and see if we can snag a goal on the other end of the field. If that first goal doesn’t happen, I think maybe the result turns out a little different.”