Sounders coach Sigi Schmid mused on Wednesday about the unique nature of soccer as a sport, where his team needs to improve ahead of Saturday's match against the Crew and chain reactions.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid continued to address the fallout from his team’s disheartening 3-1 loss at Colorado last weekend on Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex, detailing what went wrong and what needs to change ahead of Saturday’s home match against Columbus.
“You can’t call a timeout,” Schmid had said after the match in a critique of Seattle’s on-field leadership.
“Soccer is a very different sport,” he explained in greater depth on Wednesday. “It’s the beauty of the sport, that you don’t have timeouts. As a result of that, things change on the fly. There are no two plays that are ever alike.
“It’s a very spontaneous sport, kind of like basketball. What you’re looking for in your players is the ability to make the correct decision at the right time. Against, Colorado, I thought … we have that capability, but sometimes, and very rarely, you go out there and you seem overwhelmed for a second. You don’t make decisions. And one decision gets a reaction.
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“If there are two things on a table and I grab one, you’re going to grab the other. If I stand there and look at it without making a decision, then you’re not making one so we just stand there. It’s that kind of thing. That’s how soccer is. You need that one decision that creates a reaction in behind. I thought, in the Colorado game, sometimes we became passive. It’s about being more and more aggressive in making our decisions.”
Seattle (2-4-1) sits in 9th place out of 10 in the West, having scored the fewest goals in the conference (seven) and the fewest in the league save Chicago.