Seattle Sounders’ Schmid rues missed opportunity in loss to Philadelphia Union

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was ruing a missed chance in his side’s 3-1 loss to Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was ruing a missed chance in his side’s 3-1 loss to Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

In the first MLS game back following the World Cup break, the Sounders went down in the first ever match at the Union’s new PPL Park despite going ahead early which disappointed Schmid.

“Goals change games. In the opening night for us, we scored a couple of goals, and they took a red card, which hurt them in that game. Tonight was the same thing,” he told the Seattle Times.

“We had the goal, and we should have scored a second goal off the PK, and we didn't. Then the game changes. They ended up winning and scoring the goals they needed to win the game.”

Schmid also said that the weather conditions did not suit his team as the Union players were much more used to the Philadelphia heat.

“More so than anything, they are more comfortable playing in the heat and humidity,” he added. “It was our first time we had to play in it and it made a big difference. It takes a period of adjustment. It's a lot easier for a team to train in heat and go play in cold weather than to train in cold weather and go play in heat."