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Sounders react to draw: “A difficult game for us”

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on June 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm with No Comments »
July 1, 2012 8:49 am

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after giving up the lead in the closing seconds of a 2-2 draw at New England:

Obviously, it’s a difficult game for us. We play a ton of games, playing on Sunday and coming back and playing on Tuesday and then flying cross-country and playing here, it puts a big burden on the team physically. So I was very pleased with how we responded. I was pleased with how we responded in the first half, in the second half, and we did what we had to do.

You don’t expect to have to make a goalkeeper sub so that would have given me one more field sub. We could have brought on fresh legs. I think you saw a lot of tired people out there at the end. Andy Rose played 90 minutes on Tuesday in a very hard-fought game, when (Alex) Caskey got out, he was pretty tired as well. Mauro (Rosales) was tired. Eddie Johnson was pretty tired at the end. So if we had one more sub that could have made a difference for us, as well.

(Eddie Johnson) did well. We thought we could open up their center backs and we did. Two good crosses – one from Mauro (Rosales), one from Marc Burch, and two good headers by Eddie who put us in the position to win the game.

We felt (Marc Burch) could get forward on that side because (Saer) Sene doesn’t defend as much on that side, so we felt we could get a little forward on the left hand side. And he obviously served a great ball.

We didn’t give up the first goal against San Jose, but playing from behind is obviously difficult. But we came back today and we got ourselves on top. But it’s just a situation like I said. In the second half, we have to do what we have to do in terms of (not having) the legs anymore to be able to get forward, our fitness and travel and everything else. They moved the ball well and they created spaces and created openings and we have to bunker in and defend. That was a reflection of where we’re at right now physically with the amount of games we played.

Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso
It’s really hard, to be winning 2-1 and then they score in the last minute. But now we have to focus on the next game and move forward.

We just played a team that was ready to play. I think everybody had the opportunity to play a full 90 minutes, so I think today is a little disappointing with the tie. Now we look forward to our next game against Salt Lake.

We just stayed thinking positively and we played with energy, we played with passion. We know we are team that’s able to play good soccer and beat that team. We came back and we scored two goals and unfortunately they scored in the last minute, and we’re just disappointed in that.

(Eddie Johnson) was good. He scored two great goals – two headers so we’re happy for that. He’s going to be scoring more goals for us, so that’s really good for us.

We should have gotten out of this game with a win, and we have a good team to win. So we just have to look forward. We play good enough to win and we showed last year that we can do it.

Forward Eddie Johnson
I was talking to the boys, and the goals don’t mean anything if we’re not winning when we score goals.

It’s just something we practice on, the out-back passing forward, back and then out wide. One of our strengths is getting the ball out wide and serving the ball in the box. We’ve got guys who can score, who are dangerous on crosses. We’re a big team and were playing to our strengths, and we kind of went from playing to our strengths as the game went on.

We’re all just fighting right now. We know it’s not going to be pretty soccer anymore. We got to go away from the style that this team’s known to play and win games scrapping, and fighting and battling. We showed character coming from behind, but at the same time, a draw doesn’t mean anything if your 20 seconds away, leading 2-1. It doesn’t mean anything, not really. This is a competitive league. Any time you can steal three points you’ve got to take the three points. I’m not just saying that cause I’m scoring goals now. It’s just that mentality within our team. We got to find ways to win games. We’re not finding ways to win games, you know? We just keep putting pressure on ourselves; it’s frustrating. You look around the locker room at the guys and it hurts. We’re going out and putting everything in and we’re just making mistakes at the end.

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