Sounders are down but definitely not out

Nov 1, 2011, 4:00 PM | Updated: 4:06 pm

Last Saturday was a difficult day for the Seattle Sounders and myself. Our expectations went unfulfilled. We had a poor game and we started OK in the first 10-15 minutes. We can talk about all the stuff that went wrong, but at the end it was one of those days. We need to learn from our mistakes, but we also need to move on to focus on our upcoming task.

I, like the team and you the fans, am a little down. For an instant I even considered not writing a blog this week. It is close to 9 p.m. on Monday and I have watched film for the umpteenth time. But not writing a blog this week would be a bit of cowardice. We are a team that has to stand up to this adversity. I tell myself and my team that how you deal with adversity is how one defines their character.

Wednesday’s game will not be easy. It will be work. We need to score and win by at least a three-goal difference to force overtime. There are many examples in soccer history of teams overcoming such a lead in one game and also in a home-and-home series. We want to make history.

We are excited to play in front of you, the best fans in U.S. soccer, and give you a night that you will long remember. When you work hard for something it feels that much better when you achieve your goal. Salt Lake is a quality team, but so are we. The regular season points, 63, do not lie. We have scored three or more goals on multiple occasions.

We will be prepared and look forward to a great game. We will bring our full effort, concentration and soccer ability to the fore. Your support will push us over the top.

Take care
Sigi

Sigi

No Author

Getting ready for Real Salt Lake

We just arrived in Salt Lake for our game against Real. The flight was delayed by an hour but everything beyond that went smoothly. The team is relaxed but ready. You can sense the anticipation.
10 years ago
No Author

Refereeing is part of the game

As a coach -- and especially as coach of the Sounders -- I know that refereeing is part of the game.

10 years ago
No Author

Sounders aren’t satisfied with another playoff berth

The Cascadia Cup competition continues this week with Portland. We are very close to a sellout, so buy those remaining tickets and let's make this a sellout.
10 years ago
No Author

After busy week, time for rival Portland

It was nice to sleep in our own beds this past week. After all our travel that was an excellent change for us. This week we are at home again before we travel to Portland on Friday.
10 years ago
No Author

Overcoming the rigors of long-distance travel

Well, last week was a long trip and then some. Traveling is great when you are on vacation and going to places you enjoy and can stay for a while with no time schedules.
10 years ago
No Author

Busy week ahead after incredible game vs. Chivas

It has been awhile and we have traveled a lot and played some good games. Last Saturday was incredible.
10 years ago
Sounders are down but definitely not out