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Atlanta’s O’Brien: ‘To be fair, they’re better’

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm with No Comments »
May 31, 2012 12:10 am

Here’s some of what the Atlanta Silverbacks had to say tonight after their 5-1 loss to the Sounders:

Midfieler Ciaran O’Brien of Federal Way
(On the game…)
“It was a bummer to give up a goal right before halftime. I think that killed us. And then right away, right when we came back in [they scored again]. To be fair, they’re better. They’re better on the ball. They’re more organized, touch, passing, every aspect they were better, and they definitely deserve it. They deserved to win 5-1. It wasn’t like the score line didn’t show what the game was like. Hats off to them. That’s a different level-different level than us and we couldn’t handle it in the second half.”

(On playing in front of home fans…) “It was amazing. I’m definitely jealous of these guys. I grew up around the team, and the fan support is unbelievable. It’s probably some of the best in the world even I think. They have something special going on. To come back and play in front of family and friends, and even that crowd, it was amazing.”

(On being familiar with some of the Sounders…) “I grew up with Roger and Zach, with Schmetz coaching. It was great to play against them, great to see those guys. They’ve literally-like I’ve said before-they’ve paved my way to where I am today. They helped me along the way, they were huge role models for me when I was growing up. It was cool to come back and play against them. Maybe someday we’ll be back on the same team again.”

Coach Alex Pineda Chacon
(On the game…)
“I think Seattle played an amazing game, especially the second half. The second half was the difference-they played with more speed up top, they changed they rhythm more than us. I would like to say the first half for us was wonderful. We played so good. Tactically, we played the game very well and we were very disciplined. Unfortunately, they scored a goal in the 44th minute, and it changed a little bit in the second half because they scored an early goal. Even after that, we scored the goal to make it 2-1, but again they came back and scored the third one. So we started to really play again like we did [in the first half], but after that they played much better than us in the last 25-30 minutes.”

(On what they were doing well in the first half…) “We tried to stretch the team a little bit more. That way the fullbacks never went forward, except for one time. So we tried to keep the fullbacks really busy with three on top, and we had success. We got a lot of people in the final third. We had five players in the final third and we created some opportunities. Unfortunately we didn’t put it in.”

(On playing a team from a higher division and gauging his team’s success…) “I think it was a good experience for the younger players that we have. Obviously we have some experienced players like [Danilo] Tucois and [Reinaldo] Navia, but overall for the whole I think we learned a lot. We are going to get this form and compete in our league, in NASL. We have to get some points over there, we have to focus over there, and with this experience I think we won more than lose.”

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