TUKWILA, Wash. — The Seattle Sounders were back at training Tuesday morning at Starfire, and if were much outward recrimination about the comprehensive 4-1 loss to Los Angeles FC, the team didn’t show it.
Part of that is because the team doesn’t really have the time to look back at what went wrong, because on Wednesday they’re facing a rejuvenated San Jose Earthquake side, who are coming a 4-1 demolition of Sporting Kansas City. Additionally, the Sounders can save that review of the loss to LAFC for later in the week, when the Western Conference leaders make the trip up to Seattle on Sunday.
With the chance to make up for the disappointing loss on the horizon, coach Brian Schmetzer wants to make sure the team is focused on their next opponent.
“San Jose is a team that is finding a little bit of rhythm; they’re buying into the coach’s new tactics,” Schmetzer said. “They’re a challenging team in the sense that they mark man-for-man all over the field. So how do we create opportunities when a guy is chasing you all over the field.”
While the team won’t review film on LAFC until later this week, Schmetzer did have some general thoughts on the team’s play. Conceding that nobody played well on the day, he was particularly concerned about the goals given up.
“We weren’t as sharp as we should have (been); the play building up to (goals), the turnovers, how they got into those positions, we certainly could have done better,” Schmetzer said.
Cristian Roldan also took some of the blame for the midfield performance, which allowed LAFC midfielder Mark Anthony Kay to dominate and provide three assists.
“You have games like that within the league,” Roldan said. “We couldn’t get any pressure; I felt we were overloaded at times. Every soccer player can tell you if you don’t put any pressure on them, then they’re going to look good.”
Like coach Schmetzer indicated however, there is little time to look back with a game Wednesday.
“We’re playing a different opponent on Wednesday, so we have to shift our focus really fast,” Roldan said.
The Sounders did got some good news on the injury front, as Chad Marshall returned to full training Tuesday. “He will be involved in the match (tomorrow),” Schmetzer said. The status of Raul Ruidiaz and Will Bruin, the two injured forwards, is still up in the air however, and their participation in either game this week has not yet been determined. Notably, Ruidíaz did not train and was last seen showing an image of himself in a walking boot on Instagram over the weekend. Bruin, meanwhile, trained on the side.