Last-place Sounders looking for results, confidence
"We just need a result to get our confidence," said Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid, whose team is 0-2-1, tied for last place in the Western Conference.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — "Last" isn't a familiar place for Sounders FC.
But that is where Seattle finds itself in the Western Conference, tied with Colorado, after a 1-0 loss Saturday at San Jose, and the schedule doesn't get any easier with four of the next five MLS games on the road.
A turnaround from an 0-2-1 start, said goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, is "absolutely up to us veterans."
"We know the situation," he said. "The leaders, we know what to do. It's important that we know that our quality is better, of course, than one point out of three games. ... It's a big situation. But you have to know that we know about our quality, and if we're still calm, we will get our points."
That faith will need to be reinforced with wins.
Coach Sigi Schmid said he felt the Sounders were particularly disappointed after losing to the Earthquakes "because the effort was there and we didn't come away with a result. We just need a result to get our confidence."
There are some issues to be resolved on both sides of the ball for Seattle.
The team has just one goal in three league games, a far cry from a Sounders team that led MLS in scoring two years ago. The defense, on the other hand, has yet to record a shutout in five games in all competitions (including a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Mexico's Tigres UANL).
It will help to get back to full strength. National team players in Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins and Mario Martinez will rejoin the group this week. Brad Evans and Shalrie Joseph are also expected back from injury.
"I think with that, it enhances what we can do," Schmid said. "But the main thing is the group has to play with the same spirit that we played with (against San Jose).
"What's important is for us not to panic, for us to be concerned with how we're playing, and I thought (Saturday) we played well."
• Rookie defender DeAndre Yedlin told MLSsoccer.com after the game that he has been invited to training camp this month with the U.S. U-20 national team. The FIFA U-20 World Cup is in Turkey from June 21 to July 13. The U.S. qualified for the tournament (without Yedlin) this year. The 19-year-old Seattle native has previously trained with the national team at the U-20 and U-18 levels.
"It'll be a pretty exciting experience, but I haven't made it yet," Yedlin said to the league website. "It's just a camp ... and hopefully (I'll) get picked for the World Cup team. I'm just going to go in and do my best."
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