(1090 The Fan) – Things picked up around the Sounders Tuesday night at the Clink. Coach Sigi Schmid didn’t feel compelled to use the words “terrible” and “disease” in describing his team’s play. He also didn’t choose to use the word “whoopee.”

“We didn’t play that poorly,” he said. “We played all right.” His shrug was almost seismic.

They lost “only” 1-0 to Santos Laguna, one of Mexico’s powerhouse outfits, three days after losing to one of MLS’s powerhouse outfits, Real Salt Lake.  Next they have to play Santos in a week at their home in Torreon, as required by the two-leg format in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. The Santos field is littered with the bleached bones of MLS teams who have dared to enter.

So Schmid is not exactly in the mood for fiesta.

Bad schedule. Poor start. Several injured. Other than that, where’s the pinata?

If it’s in the back of the net, the Sounders will never hit it.

Read the rest of Art Thiel’s “Sounders Go Into Hole Against Santos” at sportspressnw.com.


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