TUKWILA, Wash. — There was no shortage of missed opportunities in Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Union, something laid bare by recent film sessions. But the Seattle Sounders know they don’t have much time to dwell on that if they are to complete the run that started with their history-making nine-game win streak and 12-game unbeaten run.
The Sounders now turn their attention to Sunday’s road game against the LA Galaxy.
“It’s not fun to watch film when results like that happen, but we did it and we move on,” Sounders forward Will Bruin said Friday. “Now it’s about focusing on LA and I’m sure we’re going to dive into them deep tomorrow. There’s already stuff on the computers that we can look at later today, but we’ll get more into detail tomorrow.
“It’s crazy when you think about it. Personally, to take this game is tough, but when you look at the big picture of how the last few months have been it’s been cool. Now it’s over with, so we start a new one. It was cool to be a part of a group that gets nine in a row because that doesn’t happen. I don’t think it’ll be contested anytime soon. Maybe we can be the ones to contest it.”
Head coach Brian Schmetzer said he would focus on trying to get his club to create better scoring chances, after failing to convert what he called a number of “half-chances” in the Philadelphia match.
Still, the coach said a day off Thursday allowed him a chance to reflect on Seattle’s historic run that jumped them above the red line and gave them a shot at home-field advantage in the postseason.
“That was a tremendous accomplishment by a tremendous bunch of guys,” he said. “They bore down, they were not happy with where they found themselves in the standings and they found a way to get themselves back into a position to have a chance to make it into the playoffs and do some damage there. Along the way, there are many, many story lines. Raul’s insertion. Will’s winning goal (in Minnesota). The win down in Portland. I’m awfully proud of every player in that clubhouse because they all put the work in. I don’t know if that record is going to be touched for a long time, because MLS is a league full of parity. That was a tremendous achievement by a great bunch of guys.”