Britain’s Schmidtz praised the strength of his side after beating the Seattle Sounders by two goals to beat Minnesota United 3-2 on Monday night.
Fed up with two set-pieces, the first was set for an unbeaten defeat from Minnesota star Emanuel Renoso’s magnificent free kick, followed by second-ranked sounders Will Bruin, Raul Ruidis and Gustav Svensson with three goals in the last 15 minutes. On his head.
“As I said before, I don’t know how to speak it differently: it’s a locker room full of champion championship players,” Schmetzer said before the match.
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“It’s easy to be a successful and winning game, but when adversity strikes, you’ll be soaked in the jaws by Ozzy. [former Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso], Adrian Heath and Minnesota and you go back and you stay firm … Minnesota had a game in hand 15 minutes go!
“In Will Bruin comes in, and he cheers the group on. I always talk about the guys up front, what’s good about this franchise. Will has his challenges, and he can be a starter, but he’s here and his teammates Works for players.
“I can’t be more sensible about his response, Gustav’s response, Raul’s goal. I’m telling you in that locker room, it’s real.
“In my mind, that locker room – not just the players – the coaching staff, the medical staff, we’ve put ourselves in a great position to reach the MLS Cup again. To win a game like that, a fan as a soccer player, it’s an incredible performance. I don’t know how we did it. “
Playing against an empty lumen field due to coronavirus restrictions, Schmeitzer lamented that such a victory – the fourth Western Conference title for the Sounders in five years – was present without fans.
“I wish our fans were in the building to see such a big sounders win,” he said. “It was something we would talk about the history of our club for many, many, many years to come. It was such a good performance by everyone.
“I didn’t get a chance to soak in it. In our history, this will go down as one of our best games.
“We won the MLS Cup last year, but this has to be ranked there.”
The crew will travel to Seattle Columbus to face the MLS Cup final on Saturday.