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Schmid's New Boys Snap Columbus' Win Streak

Sigi Schmid's first year Seattle Sounders FC hasn't reached the same levels of consistency and chemistry as Schmid's old project, the defending MLS champions Columbus Crew. But on Saturday, Sounders FC squeaked out a 1-0 victory to end the Crew's league-record 24-game home-unbeaten streak, a mark that started last season under Schmid.

At Seattle, Schmid aims to duplicate the way the Crew players share an intense and automatic familiarity with one another. "You're looking at players now that have 60, 70, 80 games together so there's a lot of what I call automized things going on on the field," he said. "Guys know, 'When I run here, he plays there. I'm going to run there.' There's a lot of automatic things happening. That's something we're trying to build in Seattle."

Seattle doesn't appear too far behind. On Saturday, Sounders FC used some stolid defending and a little luck to escape Columbus with a victory that improves the team's playoff chances. 2008 MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto missed the target on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute that would have tied the game. "The game of soccer is a strange thing. Last week in New England (a 2-1 loss) we thought we were a little bit unlucky," Schmid said. "We had good fortune on our side. It's not often Guillermo misses a PK. We had a post on our side. They had a post on their side. ... We had to dig down a little bit. The Crew is the best team in the league and for us to come in here and win 1-0 is something we're very proud of."

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