Sounders up against a ‘bogey team’ today

  • By Don Ruiz The News Tribune
  • Friday, May 10, 2013 11:20pm
  • SportsSports

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid calls them “bogey teams.”

They are teams that just seem to have another team’s number — sometimes for reasons that don’t make sense in pure soccer terms.

Seattle, for example, is a bogey team for Sporting Kansas City, which is 1-1-6 against the Sounders, including a 1-0 loss in stoppage time Wednesday.

On the other hand, the San Jose Earthquakes have become something of a bogey team for the Sounders. The Quakes bring a four-game winning streak over Seattle into their meeting today at CenturyLink Field.

“You can’t really say why,” Schmid said after his team finished practice Friday. “Maybe it’s something that sticks in your mind a little bit or whatever the case may be. But obviously we felt confident in Kansas City. It’s a place where we’ve gotten good results. And now it’s about turning things around with the Quakes, because we haven’t gotten as good results with them recently, especially in league.”

San Jose leads the all-time MLS series 6-4-1. However, the Sounders went to the Bay Area and knocked the Quakes out of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal round.

The disparity could be more easily explained if San Jose played a style that made them a tougher matchup for the Sounders, but the way Schmid sees it, Sporting KC and the Quakes are very similar in their approaches.

“San Jose is a busy, active team,” Schmid said. “They’re a team that can knock it around at midfield and they have some guys who are very good passers. … The field always ends up being a little stretched, there’s always a lot of duels and aerial duels in the game, and you’ve just got to be prepared for that. Kansas City is a little bit the same way, so I think we got a little preparation there.”

Notes

Sounders reserve goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann explained what he said from the bench Wednesday that resulted in his banishment on a straight red card.

“What did I say? I don’t exactly know, but something to the question ‘How is that not a handball?’ I might have added a couple of words in there,” Hahnemann said. “And maybe the fact that the whole stadium took a deep breath in — because everyone thought it was a penalty — the stadium went silent and he heard maybe every word I said.”

Hahnemann’s banishment left the club with no obvious emergency keeper on the bench had starter Michael Gspurning not been able to finish the game.

“One of the guys who (goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra) had mentioned was Patrick Ianni,” Schmid said. “I said, ‘He’s got the shortest arms on the team, so it’s not a good option: It would be like putting a T-Rex in goal.’ We were looking at maybe Zach Scott. Brad Evans immediately volunteered once he heard that discussion.”

With Hahnemann ineligible for the game today, and No. 3 keeper Josh Ford on the injured list, Seattle signed former Sounders U-23 goalkeeper Doug Herrick from the league’s emergency pool.

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