That wasn't the result that you were expecting was it? Sure, the LA Galaxy are pretty good, but so is Seattle Sounders FC. Sigi Schmid sits on the verge of 200 wins. His current club is, even after the loss, still the #1 team in the Supporters' Shield and the second best over the life of the organization.
None of that mattered. A backline that was 75% backups couldn't handle Keane, Zardes and Donovan. The Pineda/Alonos midfield couldn't handle Keane dropping back into the empty bucket, couldn't pass effectively. The wingers couldn't get the ball to Oba and Clint in threatening spaces.
That unexpected and unwelcome 3-0 loss happened. As quickly as the lights went out and came back on the match was over. Here some stats and quotes and even a bit of video. Look at the first and final selections of what was provided by the team relaying what Sigi Schmid said and that sums up the match and now the week.
"As a result of that, they had more (goals). So today they were better." - Sigi Schmid
(On coming back next week...) "Play better. Pretty simple." - also Sigi Schmid
LA - Gyasi Zardes (Landon Donovan, Marcelo Sarvas) 8'
LA - Landon Donovan 18'
LA - Stefan Ishizaki (Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan) 36'
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Jalil Anibaba, Zach Scott, Dylan Remick (Michael Azira 81); Lamar Neagle (Chad Barrett 45), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa (Tristan Bowen 65); Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins.
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Kenny Cooper, Aaron Kovar, Andy Rose
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Dempsey 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Dempsey 2); FOULS: 14 (Pineda 3); OFFSIDE: 2 (2 tied at 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Pineda 2); SAVES: 7 (Frei 7).
Los Angeles Galaxy- Jaime Penedo, Dan Gargan, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Rogers, Landon Donovan, Juninho (Baggio Husidic 78), Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes (Kenney Walker 90+1)
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Perk, Brian Rowe, Bradford Jamieson, Tommy Meyer, Leonardo,
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Ishizaki 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Ishizaki 4); FOULS: 15 (Sarvas 4); OFFSIDE: 1 (Keane 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Ishizaki 3); SAVES: 4 (Penedo 4).
LA- Landon Donovan (caution) 24'
LA- Omar Gonzalez (caution) 45+3'
SEA- Jalil Anibaba (caution) 69'
SEA- Gonzalo Pineda (caution) 79'
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Bill Dittmar, Babocaurr Jallow
4th Official: Juan Guzman
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Sunny and 82 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach
(Opening Statement...) "It's just one of those things. We didn't connect passes early in the game-they put a lot of pressure on us. We lost confidence in our passing early out of the back. We lost confidence in that, so we are lumping up 50-50 balls. We lost a majority of the duels in the game. As a result of that, they had more (goals). So today they were better."
(On Chad Marshall's injury...) "It certainly hurt us. Chad got rear-ended on Saturday, so that's why we held him out of practice on Sunday. We thought he was feeling better today, then he sneezed this morning and his whole back [got spasms] so he couldn't play. Chad's a big part of our defense, but Dylan Remick hasn't played in a long time, so it was a big game for him to get back into the game, so it made it a little bit harder.... [Jalil] Anibaba would have started and Marshall would have been in the middle. He is going to see someone tomorrow and we hope it's not long term."
(On the weaknesses of the defense...) "They were a better team. Landon [Donovan] found space on DeAndre [Yedlin] on that side, but it wasn't just him. Every player found space; all of their players had too much space. We weren't tight enough. When you give a good player that much space, they are going to show how good they are."
(On coming back next week...) "Play better. Pretty simple."
Tristan Bowen - Sounders FC Forward
(Thoughts on the game...) "I thought we were a bit lackadaisical in the first half for whatever reason. The LA Galaxy is a good team and they came out and pounced on us early on. They had a few chances and they put all of them away. I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot today."
(On what made the Galaxy effective...) "They just sat back and did what the Galaxy normally do. They countered and we really didn't put enough pressure on them in the first half so a lot of what they did was working. Credit to the Galaxy for putting their chances away but it one of those things where we didn't do our job to the best of our ability and they took advantage of it and that's what good teams do."
(On Sounders FC rebounding from loss...) "We just have to keep our heads up. It's one game and it was against a good team. So we just have to keep our heads up and understand that's not who we are but it also reminds that anything can happen if we don't come out and do our job."
Jalil Anibaba - Sounders FC Defender
(Thoughts on the game...) "I thought we came out a little flat. They took advantage of their chances pretty well and we weren't sharp early, which obviously hurts us and the score was a little too steep of a task to comeback from."
(On what made LA Galaxy effective...) "I think they were more aggressive than us, beating us on 50/50 balls and that translated all over the pitch, but like I said that it was just a matter of them being a little sharper than us early on and we dug ourselves a hole."
(On Sounders FC rebounding from the loss...) "Whenever you take a loss what you want to do is get back on the pitch as soon as possible and luckily we have a game on Saturday, so we'll get a couple days of training in, recover, and get back after it."
Bruce Arena - LA Galaxy Head Coach
(On the game...) "The team played well. It was a good performance on the road and a good performance if you were at home. Our guys played well tonight. They looked sharp."
(On Marcelo Sarvas' play...) "He played well. He played a good 90 minutes on both sides of the ball. It was a really good performance."
(On what he said at halftime...) "Win the game. Our objective is to win the game and we did a pretty smart job in the second half. It could've been a little bit better, but good enough to get the win."
(On why they dominated so much in the first half...) "We played well. We looked sharp and, you know, it's mid-year right now. Everyone is still finding themselves. We're just beginning to get our team on the field. After a half a season of misery, having to deal with the injuries and the absences and all that, hopefully we'll get a little bit more of a solidified unit."
(On the return of Omar Gonzalez...) "Omar hasn't played with us for three months so it was great to get him back on the field."
(On Robbie Rogers and Dan Gargan's play...) "They played well. Our entire team played well tonight. It was a good performance and it was nice to get that group on the field. It was probably the first time they've played together this year."
(On if the slow schedule at the beginning of the year helps with getting momentum now...) "The schedule at the beginning of the year helps nobody. It was a terrible schedule and made it very awkward and difficult to get our team moving in the right direction. That's all part of it as well. We're trying to catch up now. We're only 18 games in at this point in the season and we'd like to have a few more. We have a real challenge ahead of us going into the second half of the season."
(On the intelligence of his team's play...) "We didn't have to be pretty in the second half. Our goal is to win the game and I thought they played a smart game. Getting a clean sheet was important."
(On if Chad Marshall playing would've made a difference for Seattle...) "Everybody misses players. It's all part of it. He certainly is a good player. Would he have made a difference in the game? I don't know."
(On the team's play as of late...) "I think over the last 10 games, we're like 6-1-3 or something. It's not like we're playing bad."
(On if the result against Manchester United may have motivated the team...) "It has nothing to do with anything. It's just an exhibition. We could've cared less whether we won or lost that game. It's an exhibition. It's good for Manchester United. It's good for the Galaxy. It's good for the fans that came to the game, and that's the most important thing. If you read anything more into exhibitions, then you probably don't know what you're watching. Having said that, if we play them 10 times, there's a good chance they'll beat us 10 times so let's be fair about that."
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy Midfielder
(On whether this win was the one they needed to kickstart the season...) "Let's not be so dramatic about it. It's just one win and when I look at the standings, Seattle are still far ahead, so we have a long way to go, but more than the win or the score line, I think the way we played was important. We always say that when we play that way, we're hard to beat, and so I thought we were excellent tonight. We probably should have scored a couple more goals and when you look around the field, you can say every guy really competed and we were a real team tonight and that felt good."
(On how the team came out of the gate really strong...) "We had a really good week of training. Obviously we were a little disappointed with what happened on Wednesday and the Saturday before, and it was important for us to play well tonight, to start well. I think our attitude was great. Obviously having Omar [Gonzalez] back was important, but more than anything, it was just competing. When we compete like that, we have talented enough players where we're generally better than the other team we're playing, and that showed through tonight."
(On the way they played wide tonight...) "We had been playing in a diamond, which was putting a lot more numbers centrally. This week, it was very straightforward. You were playing against one guy and at the end of the night, you want to look at our lineup and theirs and say who won each matchup and I think tonight there's at least nine or 10 check marks in our column, probably 11, and that was important. We were able to open the field, we moved well, we passed well, and when we do that, we create a lot of chances. We have a lot of talented players and tonight was very enjoyable for us."
(On him and Marcelo Sarvas playing a hand in all three goals scored...) "Marcelo was excellent tonight. He has a little more freedom when Juni is in there to roam forward and there was a lot of space in the midfield. I think those two completely overran [Osvaldo] Alonso and [Gonzalo] Pineda and I think they were excellent in there. When you take control of the midfield like that, it helps you get control of the game. They were excellent. When we won the ball, they went forward, Marcelo went forward, he got some shots off, some good passes, and it was a good night for him."
(On how he felt playing out wide, instead of more centrally...) "It was more about my demeanor and my attitude than anything. I had a good week in training. I felt like I hadn't played well lately and that bothered me. I got myself to the point in early May where I was playing very well, and I was at the top of my game, and then the last month or so has been difficult for a lot of reasons and I think my performance dropped off, so I wanted to get back to getting to the top of my game and I felt that way tonight."
(On how having the first team lineup together helped...) "Of course it helps. When you have guys out or injured for a long time, it hurts. Getting Robbie Rogers back helped a lot; obviously having Omar back helps a lot. We were able to really do what we wanted to do, so it was very helpful."
(On whether their system really is as simple as putting the right 11 guys out there at the right time...) "Well tonight it was, because it was straight up 4-4-2 against 4-4-2. When you play different teams - you know, next week we play Portland, and they play a different style, so the numbers don't match up as well. But tonight, it was 'am I going to get the best of DeAndre [Yedlin]? Is Robbie Rogers going to get the best of [Marco] Pappa or [Lamar] Neagle? Is Omar going to get the best of Clint [Dempsey] or Obafemi [Martins]?' It was very simple, so that's what our mindset was. Obviously there are other things that come into it; you have to play well and pass well and take your chances when they come, but at the end of the day, I think just from a competitive standpoint, we were very good."
(On their defense, especially in the first half...) "Seattle has scored a ton of goals this year; they are a very, very good team. They have excellent players. Clint is one of the best, if not the best, player in the league and Obafemi has been great this year, so to keep them shut out is an excellent accomplishment. To keep them from having really any super dangerous chances is excellent, and I thought those guys were great tonight."
(On the intensity of the match tonight...) "It's enjoyable. It's competitive, and our team wasn't going to back down and we don't want guys to back down. We don't want to be stupid, but we want to be competitive and Seattle is the same way. Sigi [Schmid] is an excellent coach and he always has them ready to go. All that stuff happens after the game. You shake hands and you move on, but it was a good game, it was a competitive game, but a clean game."
(On whether it's too simplistic to attribute his dip in performance to not making the USMNT...) "Of course. I mean, it's not too simplistic. That's not an easy thing for any player to handle, but mentally it's my job to do what's right for this team and to be at my best. I felt really good this week. I feel like I'm starting to play well again. I really pushed myself to be playing well in April and May of this year, and I was, and then I just dropped off a little bit. It's important for me to get back to that. Again, this is only one night and it's got to continue. That's what's expected of me, and that's what I expect of myself."
Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy Forward
(On whether frustration of the last two results played into the way they came out tonight...) "To be honest, we put the last two results behind us. We just came in this game with a new mindset and we know once the whistle blew, we were going to bring it."
(On switching the lineup and how it helped...) "I think it helped a lot. Our midfielders played phenomenal together, just in that formation, they were just connecting and it was just a wonderful formation."
(On almost getting a second goal...) "Yeah, I mean, I remember hitting the ball the first time on my left foot and then I was surprised the ball came right back to me and I tried to place it with my right, but on the turf, it took a bad bounce and just went straight back to the keeper."
(On how the midfield holding the ball created opportunities for the forwards...) "Our midfielders had great combination of play, which allowed me to make runs in the channel. And by me making runs, you know, Robbie Keane was just floating wide open. It was just wonderful from the midfield today."
(On how the team felt like they had a job to do and they came out and did it...) "We've been in situations like this in the past and we knew once we stepped out on this field, we knew to bury this team. We knew to keep it professional, like we didn't let go. When we went one up, we got a second one. We went two up and then we got another one, three up, you know, so we just wanted to keep scoring goals against this team."
(On how they played the second half with intelligence...) "Yes, we knew they were going to come out, guns blazing, so we kept them at a distance like you said. And when it was our time to attack, we chose to attack wisely."
(On whether he was surprised at the outcome of the game....) "No. We worked extremely hard and we knew we were just going to jump right on them."
(On his progression the last few games...) "Personally, I'm just trying to work extremely hard. I always give credit to my teammates because they're the ones doing the hard work. The midfielders are working their butt off, the defenders are working their butt off. I'm just making runs in the box and just finishing. It's really a team effort. I'm just on the end of it."
(On how much it helps to have Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan there to motivate him if he's not playing well...) "It helps a lot, because I'm the type of player, I want you to scream at me if something is going wrong because that's just going to fire me up and I'll just gain adrenaline and start running even more."