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Notebook: Still Winless in Seattle

Minnesota has only beaten Seattle once, but has never claimed victory at Lumen Field

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

After a loss to Seattle Sounders on Sunday, Minnesota United remains winless at Lumen Field and only holds one win against the Sounders all time.

“Well, I’m sick to death of coming here and playing like we do,” said Adrian Heath, after the Loons fell for the tenth time to Seattle in six seasons.

“Playing as well we did the first half and then deciding that we are going to give them opportunities. They’re too good for that. It’s happened the last two or three times. We’ve got beaten by four the other year and for 80 minutes we’re the better team, but then decided to beat ourselves and we keep doing it. As long as we keep doing it, we’re going to keep getting the same results,” said Heath. “Forget about coming here. This is a really good team. They just won the Champions League. Look at the front four. They’ve just taken [Albert] Rusnak, who was a DP in the league. [Raul] Ruidiaz. [Jordan] Morris going to the World Cup. [Cristian] Roldan. Nicolas Lodeiro. They’ve got quality. So the last thing we need to be doing is giving them opportunities by our stupidity and we continually keep doing it. We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Sunday’s loss to the Sounders gave the Loons a 1-1-10 record against the Sounders since entering Major League Soccer. Mistakes were a key part of the loss at Lumen Field, ones that Heath felt needed to be called out post match, saying.

“We just have to stop making the mistakes or we start changing personnel. We can’t keep doing it. It’s not like we weren’t prepared. It’s not like we didn’t play well, we didn’t have a good shape. Everything about the group today was spot on. Maybe the final ball and maybe there were opportunities we didn’t take. How we only had one goal to show for our attacking with our play in the first half is beyond me. But I seem to be saying the same thing. I’m sick to the back teeth of it. We can’t keep doing what we’re doing. If teams are going to beat us, let them beat us through their good play. Not by us giving them opportunities by stupid mistakes. And that’s what we’re doing at the moment.”

With another league match in just a few days head coach Adrian Heath only has a few days to prepare the side. He was asked about how he felt the intensity of his team was and answered directly, saying.

“I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ve got another one Wednesday. I’m not going to keep putting up with it, I know that much.”