Schmid was not a happy camper.SEATTLE, Wash.--Sigi Schmid got all dressed up for the game between his Seattle Sounders FC and the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy. He spurned his traditional tracksuit and Sounders scarf for a sports jacket and slacks (and Sounders scarf).
"Remind me to never wear a sport jacket again," Schmid said in the post-game press conference, after watching his side receive a 4-0 thrashing. "It was the first time I've worn one and it will be the last time."
The 2008 MLS Cup winning coach's appearance was about all that looked pretty for Seattle in the Saturday match. Schmid went on to rip into his players' marking and lack of character in a fiery press conference.
"I've given some guys a longer leash than others," Schmid admitted. "That leash just tore today."
Some of the players who are set to come in for heavy criticism from the coach are the defenders. Seattle let the Galaxy score two soft goals from set pieces, showing incredibly lax marking.
"The third goal was inexcusable," Schmid said of a Landon Donovan free kick which Todd Dunivant headed home. "It skipped past two guys. You have to not hope that someone else will do what you're supposed to.
"On the fourth goal we were ducks in a shooting gallery."
Perhaps, in a couple years, when the pain and anger from this loss subsides, Schmid will grimly appreciate the vividness of that image.
Edson Buddle collected the ball on the edge of the right touchline, cut inside, and picked out a pass. Donovan, who assisted three goals, steamed into the middle with little notice of a marker, and pushed the ball into the net at the near post. Easy.
"It's embarrassing," Schmid summed up.
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