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Reaction to Sounders 1-0 win at San Jose

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm with 1 Comment »
August 1, 2010 10:04 am

Here is some of what they were saying in the locker room after the Sounders’ 1-0 win at San Jose tonight:

FREDY MONTERO (through a translator)
(On the team’s result . . .)
“These points are vital for us, especially fighting for the playoffs. As a team we’re doing well right now and we want to keep working hard. Everyone is working together and stepping up their game collectively.”

(On progress as a team . . .)
“What we are doing right now is we’re growing as a club as the Seattle Sounders. We are being rewarded for the hard work that we are putting in every day.”

(On the team’s recent run of positive results . . .)
“The thing about this league is that you have so much parity. You get yourselves on a good run, you shoot up the table, regardless of where your position is. We said for weeks that all we needed to do was get on a good run. The good run is here. What you’re seeing is a spirit within this team that you didn’t see for ten games.”

San Jose coach FRANK YALLOP
(On what went wrong . . .)
“I’m just disappointed from the whole club side of this. It’s a massive game and we just lay down and die really, especially in the first half it didn’t look like we had any cohesion at all. We worked hard all week, talked about what we want to do with the ball and all the things that go into playing well and I’m just disappointed. You have to give Seattle some credit, they’re a good side, they play well and defensively they were solid. We just didn’t move the ball correctly and we were reacting to everything and not anticipating. Our counterattack seems a bit better away from home, but when we come home we’ve got to do it as well.”

Ike Opara – San Jose Defender
(On moving forward . . .)
“[We need] to put a full match together, [to] keep the intensity [up] from the first whistle to the final one. That’s what I think we’re going to have to focus on. [It] just shows that in the second half when we bring the intensity, we can play with just about anyone. Hopefully next week we get the result.”

(On the goal by Fredy Montero . . .) “We allowed Fredy [Montero] too much time to turn and that was my fault. After he laid the ball off he made a run to the middle and Sam [Cronin] and I just didn’t track and that’s inexcusable in the box. You have to live and learn.”

SAM CRONIN – San Jose Midfielder
(On how the team puts the loss behind it . . .)
“That’s the only choice we have. There’s still a lot of season left. It was still an important game for us but we still have a lot to play for so we have to put it behind us, get ourselves ready for Colorado.”

(On what the team can take from this game . . .) “Probably that we can’t just show up and expect to win games. Home or away we have to have that mentality and [we] really can’t afford going into a game with that mentality and have a great team jump on you like that. We’ll make it better for the next time.”

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  1. Blaise sounds like a modest guy. He obviously knows how to handle the ball inside the box and he’s strong. He draws defensive attention away from Montero and others. He took a couple of good shots; he’s going to score. Equally important is that he exhibits a positive attitude.

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