Brian Schmetzer: Leagues Cup semifinal an “important game” for Seattle Sounders

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The Sounders also maintained their home form, winning a regular season game at Lumen Field for the first time since a July 7 duel against Western Conference fighter Houston Dynamo FC.

Schmetzer admitted the brief lull, but was also confident that his players can navigate from it. Every opportunity to put your skills to the test, like in the League Cup test on Tuesday against one of Mexico’s biggest clubs, is approached with professionalism.

“Every game is important to us and that is just the message that I am reiterating because MLS is weird,” said Schmetzer. “It’s hard, there are things that we don’t control. And in order for us to slip up, to get in a bit of shape at home, I have no answers.

“But what I do know is that there is a group of players there who are dedicated to every single game. And as long as they are committed to every single game and every single competition – you see, sometimes we have to be okay with the results. They won’t always go our way, that’s professional sport. But I was very proud that they found a way to end the game because Minnesota put us under pressure in the second half. “