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Sounders react to 1-0 loss

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm with No Comments »
October 31, 2010 11:28 pm

General comments)
“We’re disappointed in the result. When you weigh the whole game, I thought we created more chances than they created. You take a goal where, hats offs to Edson [Buddle], but he just turns and hits the ball in the direction of the goal and it could go anywhere, but it went in. At the end of the day, right now, we’re down at halftime 1-0 and have a second half to play in LA and everything is still possible for us.”

On Fredy Montero in a slump) “Not really, a lot of times forwards are a bit streaky. I thought he had a couple decent looks tonight. Thought he got in good positions. Sometimes I think he’s trying a little too hard a little bit and that’s something we’ll talk about this week. He is taking an extra touch when needs to give it a go. That’s a case of him wanting to help the team. Not him trying to hurt the team.”

On LA in first half) “I thought they did a good job on [Steve] Zakuani. Steve has to bring more. They pinched our midfield pretty deep. [Landon] Donovan spent more in their half of the field than he has in a long time. That was their game plan and when you get a fortunate goal, that stands up and the game plan looks really good.”

On referees) “No comment. The referees are the referees.”

On knowing if Jeff Parke will be able to play in second leg) “Not at this stage, we’ll see. He rolled his ankle, so we’ll see.”

On LA defensive scheme) “It’s what we said to our guys. Donovan [Ricketts] came up with a couple big saves in the first half and in the second half, I think we squandered a couple chances. The shot that [Steve] Zakuani had and certainly [Nate] Jaqua’s chance there at the end. If we finish better or if Donovan doesn’t have the game that he has we may come off this field 2 or 3-1 winners. We weren’t worried at halftime going down 1-0 and were confident that we’d come back, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

On chances) “Encouraged that we created chances. If not creating chances, then really have to worry. I thought we created chances. I’m disappointed in our inability to finish. A couple were great saves and you take your hat off to them on those, but some that we should have finished.”

I thought our response in the second half was great. I was very happy with the way we played. We created good chances. We had more than enough opportunities to win the game. We got a little lucky there I think at the end. They had a good chance to maybe get a second but he pushed it wide. For the most part, I think a draw might have been fair. We feel very confident with the results we have gotten on the road that we can go down there and get through this tie. It’s a long ways from being over. And that’s what I’m probably happy about. If you’re going to lose, this is the way to lose. You lose 1-0 on a ridiculous goal and you have all confidence to go down there and if it’s 1-0 and penalties, it’s 1-0 and penalties. If it’s 2-1, whatever it takes we will make it happen. We will do our best to make it happen.”

On LA defense) “They really pack it. They really get two big banks of four. They make it really difficult for you to play through midfield. I thought we were successful. I thought Sanna [Nyassi] and Steve [Zakuani] had opportunities to get the ball in the box and we had chances to score goals. No question about it. I thought the free kicks were great. We had opportunities to score goals off of free kicks as well. Sometimes you have to take what the team gives you. You can’t necessarily just go out, maybe Brazil can, but few teams can dictate their style. You see what’s open and you make that happen. I thought for the most part that we did very well.”

Forward FREDY MONTERO (via translator)
On the match)
“The keeper [Donovan Ricketts] played well, had a good afternoon. We played good football but we didn’t convert the opportunities.”

On not scoring a goal) “I feel the team is still playing the same style. If someone outside feels that the team is playing differently, I don’t think that’s the case. We are still playing with the same mentality.”

On getting a result in second leg) “We really have nothing to lose. We have lost the first half. Unfortunately it was played at home. So there [The Home Depot Center] we can revert and maybe if they play a little more offensively we can score some goals.”

“It was frustrating. For whatever reason today we didn’t play the way we have been playing, which is building from the back through the midfield and getting to the forwards, who were bypassed in the midfield. The game has to be made by [Nathan] Sturgis and [Osvaldo] Alonso, it has to. You look at football today, the game is made through the center mid. We were skipping them a lot today. It could’ve been L.A.’s pressure or something like that but it was just a bad first half. It was really scrappy. We didn’t get much going. What we did was on set pieces. Unfortunately their keeper made some pretty good saves. We never had our game going. In saying that, we still had a lot of chances. I think we could’ve walked away with two or three goal possibly. It’s frustrating and we have got to get ready for next week.”

On his production today) “As a team, I just don’t think we played how we have been playing. What we have been doing has been very basic. We get the ball to the midfielders. We get wide. We spring the wingers and stuff. And of course, you have got to change it a bit when you are playing someone like [Sean] Franklin but that’s no problem for me at all. I’m still trying to do the same things I do. I think we didn’t play well in the first half. They scored an unbelievable goal. You can’t do anything about that but we came out in the second half and had a lot of chances. [. . .] We had some pretty good chances there and we are disappointed we didn’t finish them.”

On Sounders FC offense)
“I think we had plenty of good chances and I think we feel very good as a group with the way we played. The substitutions came in. We had to make a substitution at the back. When he came in we were just as strong. We just have to be patient through 90 minutes down there and we will get out goal.”

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