The Quakes were served well by Chris Wondolowski who scored in the 11th minute but it was the poor showing by the Sounders leading up to that goal that really deflated Schmid.
"I thought we started off the game poorly. I thought our first 10 minutes were very poor. We allowed them to get into a rhythm of play and establish themselves and gain their confidence early," he said.
"Their goal came out of that sequence as well. At the end of the day, then we woke up and probably had more of the game but having more of the game doesn't mean crap. At the end of the day we lost 1-0.
"I think we all need to look inside ourselves and ask ourselves why it takes 10-15 minutes before we start playing," he added.
"We have to look at ourselves as to why we spend game time to argue insistently with referees. We've got ask ourselves, if a guy hits a bad pass, why we throw up our hands and stop playing for a second? I think we need to ask ourselves why sometimes if we lose a ball, we don't react right away and make a second effort and third effort, because we always want to do it on the first effort."