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Telling quotes and closed-door meetings in Seattle

Mar 31, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

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At least Michael Gspurning was on the job.

Otherwise, Seattle’s defense went on holiday in Utah last night. Yes, the Sounders back line did awake by the second half – but the damage had long been done. Only Gspurning’s heroic gloves in goal prevented greater carnage.

Real Salt Lake spun the Sounders defense like a top in last night’s 2-1 win. And even a better effort over the second 45 won’t totally quiet the worried, nor should it. Richard Farley began sounding the alarms last week – no reason to lay off the panic button after that dead duck of a performance at Rio Tinto.

The next step for a team that has lost two games in a row for the first time in almost two years? The old closed-door team meeting, of course. That happened last night, apparently.

Afterward, manager Sigi Schmid said his piece. From Joshua Mayers’ work in the Seattle Times, as Schmid rightfully cites the Sounders coaching staff as well as the player effort:

Well there is going to have to be a lot of soul-searching from the guys in the locker room and from us as a staff, as well.”

“We’re picking and choosing what times in the game when we want to play. We have moments in the game where three or four guys are involved and some other guys aren’t involved, then some other guys get involved and others aren’t. We have yet to have a game where all 11 guys are involved for the whole 90 minutes. Players have to take hold of the game.” 

Schmid also said he has “issues with certain players.” Hurtado surely must be top of the chart on that one, because he was flat out awful. As for who else?

It presumably wasn’t DeAndre Yedlin, the team’s promising young right back, among the Seattle men who managed to put in a good shift at Rio Tinto. And it certainly wasn’t Gspurning, who prevented the visitors from suffering some truly embarrassing score.

And perhaps it wasn’t Brad Evans, who looked like a big lineup upgrade over Andy Rose.

Otherwise … take your pick.

(MORE: Highlights as context as youngsters lead RSL past Seattle in Utah)

  1. charliej11 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    The intensity level of the whole team is pathetic. Some of that has to fall on Sigi. Although he was pretty intense when interviewed at halftime.

    If I were coach, I pull out a tape of another game in MLS and compare the intensity. Even in the second half where guys played harder, doesn’t stack up to the Houston’s and KC’s.

    Sometimes you just have to want it more.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      That’s absolutely correct, especially in this league. It’s not 2007, where effort and intensity pretty much rule. But “want-to” does remain a significant part of the equation.

  2. bradygazelle - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    The Sounders really need a grass soccer-specific stadium.

    People think they are good just because they have big crowds full of drunk twenty-somethings who think it’s cool to get together to do some organized form cheers and because they have snazzy uniforms.

    Their CCL performance has been admirable, but they are really just a silly overrated team.

    • mvktr2 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      How objective and to the point of the article. Thanks for such a healthy contribution and for lifting the level of discourse.

      Why bother typing this when you could have simply typed ‘your momma’ and engendered the same response and commanded the same level of respect?

  3. cornfedsoccer - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Not sure if a grass specific stadium is the issue. Luckily thanks to my travels I was at he game and to me the tactics seemed a bit off to try and cross it in to Martins when RSL was screening him with Schuler in the back. Seems like that was the only idea they had, keep crossing until Evans caught a break on distance shot posting in. Ahh well, next up for me is Chicago-NY, should be interesting to see if Fire can get it goin.

  4. mvktr2 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Seattle has roster issues. Rose is a reserve player lucky to make the bench IMHO. Until he proves otherwise Rosales may simply be done with the game. It simply looks like father time has caught up with him which truly is sad for Seattle/MLS as he has been such pleasure to watch. What I’d like to see Seattle do to address this is actually swap Evans & Rosales from where they played Saturday which should require less running and defending from Rosales whom sees the field better and would allow Evans to play what I think is a more natural spot for him. I’ve NEVER been a Hurtado fan, the backline has issues and so does the attack.

    Where’s Joseph? Johanssen (sp?) wasn’t a world beater but I always questioned the move of shedding him for Joseph. We’ll see. I always thought the justification for Joseph would be his locker room presence. That doesn’t seem to be working out either. Thing’s are simply a mess there right now. They can do better, substantially better but I’m not sure this team can be as good as last year’s version. After all LA arguably got better at everything except for set piece delivery which is still servicable, SJ improved, Houston’s still Houston, RSL retooled and it looks like it’s working, while fellow Cascadia clubs also improved. Things got harder and I’m not sure Seattle got better. Striker was the least of my worries and that’s where they’ve made a big move. For Seattle’s sake I hope this is a funk and not a sign of talent issues/things to come?

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