Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid has had a week to forget after losing two matches in quick succession.
The week started badly with Seattle Sounders getting knocked out of the Open Cup. Manager Sigi Schmid fielded a weakened team for the game, hoping they can win it as well as saving their top players for their league game on the weekend.
However, keeping some of the players out during the week, didn’t make any difference when they played Sporting Kansas on the weekend, as they suffered another heavy defeat which saw them drop to 9th in the Western Conference, making it now look very hard to get in the playoffs come the end of the campaign.
They lost the league game to Sporting Kansas 3-0, and in fairness, it could have been a lot worse for the side, with Sporting Kansas having enough chances to make it 5-0, or possibly 6-0.
After the game on Sunday, Schmid says ‘We weren’t good. We just weren’t good as a team.’.
This just proves how badly; firstly he got it, as well as the players. In the game against Sporting Kansas managed just one shot, and no, not on goals, that’s in total. This shot also came in the 88th minute, when the game was already dead and buried. They were unable to force any corners in the match and were able to get just three crosses into the box throughout the 90 minutes.
Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans had this to say on the game: ‘For all 90 minutes, they pit us under pressure. They smelled every single back pass and put us under pressure. We just couldn’t get control of the ball, from back to front. We may have completed six or seven passes in total. I’ve never played in a game like that. Mental lapses when it starts to get hot, and they are pressing and pressing. Credit to them, they stuck to their gameplan, and it worked.’
Brad Evans went on to say when he thought the game got away from them, and he thought the first goal was so important in a game like it was. He said: ‘I think all around, we got caught ball-watching. He speaks in behind me and then we are chasing at that point. Whoever scored the first today was going to win.’
Manager Sigi Schmid also added this: ‘Kansas kept on pressing. I think towards the end, we were a beat them, but they wanted to pour it really on and – you know, fair enough.’
‘When a team doesn’t play well, then there are a lot of things that as a coach, the guy that has to take the responsibility, has to ask oneself. Were we technically set up the right way? Did we get the stuff out of them or put in the performance that we were expecting? Their all the kind of things. At the end of the day, we were not good today.’