One That Got Away

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 12, 2010

SEATTLE (BASN) — The Seattle Sounders FC let one get away on Thursday night as they lost their preseason home match against the Portland Timbers 1-0.

It was the second game in a row that the Sounders were shut out but, Head Coach Sigi Schmid says that there’s no need to panic just yet.

“Preseason is not a predictor of how you’re going to play the regular season.

Sometimes teams have great preseasons, you see that in all sports, and then when the season starts that all changes,” added Coach Schmid.

The Sounders dominated the first 43 minutes of the match and made it difficult for the Timbers to pass midfield.

At times, it appeared that Steve Zakuani and Fredy Montero weren’t on the same page or that their timing was just a little bit off.

The crosses were coming late and there weren’t enough people in the box which is the biggest reason that the Sounders didn’t score.

The absence of Nate Jaqua would be the other.

He was definitely missed and the team is looking forward to his return.

At this time, Nate is conditioning with fitness coach and will work his way back into the lineup when the season begins.

Seattle controlled every aspect of the game and put Portland on their heels early and often.

“I was happy with our movement of the ball today. I thought we moved the ball pretty much at will and I thought our possession was good,” said Coach Schmid.

Then came the 44th minute when Portland’s O.J. Obatola scored on an assist from Ryan Pore.

“On that particular play we had like three guys very tight to the ball, one pass beat all three guys and we just got caught,” he added.

Coach Schmid is concerned by the lack of offense but he would be more concerned if they weren’t creating chances for themselves and possessing the ball.

They did a great job of finding Freddie Ljungberg and Brad Evans played an awesome game.

The solution to the offense is confidence.

Coach Schmid said, “that it’s just a matter of getting our confidence back and getting one in two in the back of the net.

Once we get one, the ball keeps rolling and get two, three and four.”

Things are going to be okay.

Seattle travels to Colorado on March 19th to face the Rapids for the final tune up of the preseason.

“We have to bang goals there because the big test comes in two Thursdays”, Coach Schmid stated.

“Goals build confidence and, like I said, it is kind of a snowball effect.

It is going to be a good test next Friday night”.