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Players, coaches react to Sounders 2-1 win at RSL


Here’s some player and coach reaction to Seattle’s 2-1 win at Real Salt Lake:

On getting the full three points:

“We came in here last time and gave up a goal at the end, and we came close to doing that again. Being able to hold on was good, but we didn’t make it easy on ourselves.”

On the play of goalkeeper Kasey Keller:

“[Kasey Keller] came up huge because they were throwing everything forward and with the rain it was a little bit slippery. They were definitely putting balls in the box and putting pressure on us. We didn’t do a good job pushing out sometimes, but Kasey did well.”

On the first road win at Rio Tinto Stadium for any MLS club since May 2009:
“It is something we’re proud of and something we talked about before the game. We wanted to try and be the team that ended the streak, and it was something that was a goal for us as we went into the game.”

Sounders midfielder LAMAR NEAGLE
On scoring his first career MLS goal:

“You always remember your first goal. It’s definitely nice. I’ve had a couple of goals in the Reserve League, but nothing like that.”

On being able to hold on late:
“We always want to go up a couple goals and have that insurance. We’ve had a couple leads and lost a couple leads so we definitely knew we needed to keep going at it and not just pack it in. I got my chance and I took it.”

On getting the tough result:
“(The win) ended their streak and hopefully we are at the start of our own streak right now.”

On hanging on for the full three points:

“We did everything we could to try and throw it away, but we didn’t, so it was great. A lot of credit, it was nasty conditions. RSL is a very good team and they put us under an extreme amount of pressure in the last 10 minutes.”

On bouncing back from Wednesday’s home loss to FC Dallas:
“We were obviously disappointed after the loss the other day at home, so this is a good way to put that out of our minds. (Rio Tinto Stadium) is a tough place, and they hadn’t lost at home in 29 games so it’s obviously a very difficult place to play. We’re proud to be the ones to break that streak.”

On RSL’s relentless finish to the match:
“Real Salt Lake never quits, and that’s a lot of credit to them. They kept coming and they got their goal and almost snuck another one at the end. Like I said, I’m proud of our guys to hold on and keep those three points in difficult conditions.”

Overall thoughts on the game:

“I was real pleased with the way we fought and our aggressive mindset to open up the second half, the way we continued to fight when we were down a man and down two goals. All in all, it’s one of those times as a coach that I’m happy with the fight and the spirit and very disappointed with the result.”

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Seattle ends RSL’s 29-game home unbeaten run

It’s gone final. Sounders win 2-1. RSL home unbeaten streak ends at 29 games.

And while Federal Way’s Lamar Neagle is the obvious story, it strikes me that this might have been about as good a game as Kasey Keller has had as a Sounder.

Seattle moves to 5-4-5, and 20 points. RSL drops to 5-2-2, and stays at 17 points with a bucketful of games in hand on most of the league.

Neagle tells KONG “I had a great open space” before taking game-winning shot.” Also: It’s part of what we do. We came here to win. We wanted to steal three points away.”

Sounders FC visited Real Salt Lake and won – something no MLS team had done over a run 0f 29 games dating to May 16, 2009.

The Sounders did it by scoring as many goals in 13 minutes as RSL had allowed through the first eight games of its season.

And the goals came from sources you might not have guessed: defender Patrick Ianni, who notched the third goal of his six-season MLS career; and Lamar Neagle of Federal Way, who came off the bench and recorded the first goal of his professional career.

Ianni’s score came on the final touch of a pinball-like goal sequence in the 71st minute. It began when Osvaldo Alonso launched a knuckling shot that RSL keeper Nick Rimando punched across the goal line. That set up a corner kick, which Tyson Wahl sent into the center of the penalty area. Nate Jaqua headed it down, where it deflected off Fredy Montero’s leg and to Ianni, who poked it in from about a yard out.

That ended a 408-minute shutout streak for RSL.

In the 84th minute, Neagle got a more straightforward goal, taking advantage of space in the Salt Lake defense to launch a 20-yard shot that glanced under the crossbar and into the net.

Neagle had been sent onto the pitch in the 18th minute when starting midfielder Alvaro Fernandez went out with a hamstring injury.

Neagle’s strike eventually proved crucial, as Nelson Gonzalez got RSL on the board in the 88th minute.

After that the Sounders survived a series of close calls thanks largely to goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who recorded with five saves.

Salt Lake played the final 32 minutes with a man disadvantage after Jamison Olave was sent off with a straight red card for tackling Michael Fucito just outside the penalty area.

Fucito had started in place of Montero, who came on in the 69th minute.

Seattle moves to 5-4-5 on the season. Salt Lake drops to 5-2-2.

Replay coming up on Root at 10:30 tonight and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Sounders return to league play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Chicago.

Game quotes are in a new post above. Here are the game stats:

Scoring Summary:
SEA — Patrick Ianni (Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua) 72
SEA — Lamar Neagle (Nate Jaqua) 84
RSL — Nelson Gonzalez (Luis Gil) 87

Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Robbie Russell (Nelson Gonzalez 76), Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman, Jean Alexandre (Chris Wingert 62), Will Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Andy Williams (Luis Gil 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Arturo Aghasyan, Kyle Reynish, Collen Warner, Chris Schuler.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Nat Borchers 4, Will Johnson 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Will Johsnon 2, Jean Alexandre 2); FOULS: 7 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Will Johnson 1, Fabian Espindola 1); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Andy Williams 4); SAVES: 3 (Nick Rimando)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Erik Friberg (Roger Levesque 81), Osvaldo Alonso, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 18), Mike Fucito (Fredy Montero 69), Nate Jaqua.

Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Mauro Rosales, Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Osvaldo Alonso 4, Lamar Neagle 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Lamar Neagle 2); FOULS: 12 (Tyson Wahl 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Nate Jaqua 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Tyson Wahl 3); SAVES: 5 (Kasey Keller 5)

Misconduct Summary:
RSL — Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Foul) 28
RSL — Jamison Olave (caution; Ejection) 58
RSL — Chris Wingert (caution; Reckless Foul) 65
SEA — James Riley (caution; Timewasting) 81
SEA — Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Foul) 90

Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Referee’s Assistants: Rob Fereday; Colin Ablaster
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Attendance: 14,674
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Cloudy and 57 degrees

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Mexico-Ecuador draw 1-1 before 50,305

Plenty of green, red and white, not much yellow and blue, at Qwest Field today.

The vast majority of supporters in the crowd of 50,305 at Qwest Field today cheered and chanted for a victory by the Mexican national team.

And while they saw El Tri dominate, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the soccer friendly with Ecuador.

“We always like to win, and we were prepared for that,” Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said thought a translator. “The team functioned well. The rival placed themselves well and complicated our motions. But I’m calm. I know there is room for improvement, and we’ll keep practicing.”

Mexico dominated the early going and broke ahead in the seventh minute, as Jorge Torres Nilo trickled the ball across the line from a cluster of green shirts front of the goal following a corner kick.

“Maybe the first few minutes we were not focused on a set piece play,” Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda said via translator. “… The good thing is that it can be fixed and we have motivation to do so.”

Ecuador drew even in the 37th minute, as Michael Arroyo beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from 23 yards.

Mexico dominated with 14 shots to two by Ecuador. Giovani Dos Santos and Aldo De Nigris had especially good chances in the final 10 minutes, but put each over the crossbar.

“We have to be more effective, and we had to convert,” de la Torre said. “We had a few opportunities, but we could not convert them.”

Mexico is 2-0-2 on this United States tour leading up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. The tour will conclude Wednesday in Denver against New Zealand.

“I had not been to Seattle,” de la Torre said. “I can say that I like it. I would have preferred to stay more, and maybe see the attractions, but that’s how football is sometimes. You get to see the stadium, hotels and airports, and then go back.”

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Discussion area for UEFA Champions League final

I’m opening this post for anyone wanting to discuss Manchester United and Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final, which will be shown from Wembley Stadium at 11 a.m. today on Fox 13.

Sir Alex Ferguson says it could be the best final in 10 years. But unfortunately, I won’t be around to participate, since I’m heading out for the Mexico-Ecuador friendly at Qwest.


Early look: Sounders at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m.

SOUNDERS FC (4-4-5; 17 PTS.)
AT REAL SALT LAKE (5-1-2; 17 PTS.)
6 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah.
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).
HEAD TO HEAD: The league series is even at 1-1-2. Each won at home in 2009 before the draws last season. RSL visits Qwest Field on Sept. 10.
TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 3, Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero; S 38, Montero; SOG, 16, Montero; GAA 0.92, Kasey Keller. For RSL – G 2, Paulo Araujo Jr. and Javier Morales;

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Mexico-Ecuador friendly 1 p.m. Saturday at Qwest

An international soccer friendly between Mexico and Ecuador will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Qwest Field.

Ticket sales already have topped 40,000.

In 2008, Mexico defeated China 1-0 at Qwest Field before a crowd of 56,416.

“Mexico, as far as the national level, has really grown,” former Mexican national team goalkeeper Jorge Campos said during a recent visit to Seattle. “Before, there wasn’t as much television exposure and there wasn’t as much marketing. Never before in history would there ever have been two games by the national team in Seattle. But that’s beginning to change a little

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Sounders Women home opener 2 p.m. Sunday

The Sounders Women play their first home match of the regular season this May 29 at 2pm at Starfire. The Sounders side which consists of former US National Team players, players with WPS experience, and future stars still competing at the college level will take on the Colorado Rush. The Sounders Women regular season will pit them against the Western Conference, made up of 2 Colorado sides, 3 California teams, and Northwest rivals from Vancouver and Victoria BC.

The Sounders Women have already played two matches on the road against the Canadian teams in the Conference; Victoria Highlanders (0-0 draw)

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