Philadelphia Union Team Manager Peter Nowak was disappointed in starting goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
But no one was more distraught than Seitz.
In a frustrating 1-1 tie against the Kansas City Wizards Saturday at PPL Park, Seitz allowed a free kick goal from 30 yards out to Davy Arnaud in the 71st minute.
Instead of the club’s first clean sheet in league action, the Union had to settle for one point instead of three.
“Chris made a huge mistake when we controlled 70 minutes of the game and we were in the position to score a couple more goals,” Nowak said. “It’s disappointing because we still believe he has the ability to make the crucial saves. It was a perfect game to have a shutout because they didn’t have much in the first or second halves. The guys in front of Chris made it very easy for him today. When it comes to crucial moments, he needs to be there for this team.”
The Union remain the lone MLS team without a shutout this season, though they have three in friendly competition, including two against high-profile international clubs.
When you have a chance to get a huge home win and a shutout along with it, surely it’s maddening to leave the stadium with a tie.
“Yes, I’m frustrated,” Seitz said. “I felt like the game was setting up perfectly for a win and a shutout. I’ll watch the tape and see what happened and try to correct it for the future. I have a lot of confidence in myself and the guys in front of me because they did a great job today. I feel badly that I wasn’t able to make the save to preserve the win.”
Seitz made his 21st start of the season and his 22nd appearance overall, stopping 64 shots and allowing 38 goals.
This one in particular will gnaw at him for a while.
“It stings because we had three points,” Seitz said. “To get out with one point is tough. I feel for my teammates. I’m going to come back strong.”
Captain Danny Califf said as much.
“Chris is very resilient,” Califf said. “Look at what he did today. On many plays, he was very good. He made some plays in the box and some diving stops. … I haven’t talked to him yet. There’s not a whole lot you can say. I think you may need a day or two to digest it.”
Added midfielder Justin Mapp, “We’re a team here. We’ll support Chris all the way. We’ll come back to training and prepare to win our next game against Chicago.”
This club has stayed together through some tough times this season. Don’t expect this to be any different.
They will support each other no matter what.
“I appreciate the guys and how they reacted,” Seitz said. “I will watch the film, come back to training and try to get better each day. I am confident in what I can do for this club.”