Sounders Coach: Poor Service To Martins Cost Us Victory

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has stated that lack of enough service to Obafemi Martins cost them the three points in their 1-1 draw against Houston Dynamo in their Major League Soccer clash on Sunday.

After going behind to a Ricardo Clark 65th minute strike, Sounders drew level in the 82nd minute through Martins, who has now scored 15 league goals this season.

Reacting to the draw, Schmid said the rest of the team didn’t do enough to assist Martins and his strike partner, Clint Dempsey.
“We need to get Clint (Dempsey) and Oba (Martins)the ball, and we didn’t give them the ball enough,” Schmid told the Sounders official website.

“There were some missed connections in the first half. I didn’t think we did a good job with keeping possession in the final third.
“We need to be a little more patient. They were a little impatient. We need to get the ball to them. The ball’s got to move quicker. It’s got to move quicker in the back. It’s got to move quicker as well through midfield.”

Schmid however expressed confidence that Martins and Dempsey are capable of handling the pressure as Sounders head closer to the playoffs.

“I don’t think they (Dempsey and Martins) feel more pressure than the others do. I think they’re guys who’ve played at the highest levels and guys who have no problem dealing with the demands that the game brings. I think they’re fine with that.”

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