I have a few Sounders quotes in other posts below. Here are some others after their scoreless draw at Real Salt Lake tonight:
On Bryan Meredith and the shut out: It was good. The one goal they scored was an offside goal. He was pretty safe and solid on all things. Just that one cross at the end, but outside of that I though he was pretty solid and confident.
On Carrasco: “I thought Carrasco played well. And Servando hasn’t played much this season; I think it was only his second start of the season and I thought he came in and he did what he needed to do. I though he did a pretty good job on Morales. Overall, I though he was good.”
On Jeff Parke: “Jeff helps us when he’s playing well. It was a hard game; those are two good forwards—Espindola and Saborio—their movement off each other is very good, so you have to be on your toes and you have to be alert.”
On the defense: “We kept our composure and we didn’t allow ourselves to get stretched too much. I thought that part of it was good. We stayed compact, and we dropped at a certain point, which generally we don’t do on the road, but tonight I felt it was something we needed to do.”
On discipline in avoiding red cards: “I thought there were some excitable moments in the game, but I don’t think we were the ones who instigated those excitable moments.”
On Cato’s chance: “Obviously it was a good chance. He made a good run, it wasn’t that he wasn’t working to get in there. But Mauro did a good job when we pushed him high in the last 10-15 minutes of the game; I thought he was very dangerous, very effective and he made a great run there so that could’ve been where we walked out and stolen the game a little bit.
On what the team talked about at halftime: “We talked about winning more duels, but we also talked about doing a better job possessing the ball too for us, which I don’t think we had a good night at that part of the game. We have to get better, but with the amount of games we play right now, you can’t really train at that and you look at balls popping free and it seems like they [RSL] were a step quicker and a little bit sharper than us, and that’s something that hopefully we’ll find again.”
On looking ahead: “You reach in, lick your wounds, and try to get ready to play Colorado.”
On playing at Rio Tinto: You know, it’s a hard place to play, they’re a good team, they were coming off three losses, they were highly motivated, they were sharp, they were enthusiastic in their play and the last three times we’ve played them now we’ve only given up one goal, so I’m happy with that.
Overall thoughts on the game: “It’s always a hard game when you play Salt Lake away. It was difficult and we knew that before we came here, and we tried to be really strong
on defense. We did a great job in the back and got one point.”
On looking ahead: “We know we have very good players who can turn this around. We know what we need to do for the next game at home. We need to get three points;
doesn’t matter how we play. If we play good or bad, the most important thing is the three points.”
On defensive effort: “It is always good when you can get zero in the back. Obviously, we need to score one goal to win games, so our homework for the next game at home is to try to score goals and get those three points.”
Overall thoughts on the game: “It was one of those games we told ourselves we were going to play to zero and we executed on that part of the game. Whenever you play to zero you give yourself a chance to win and that’s what we try to do.”
On getting the point: “We had a chance late in the game where Cato comes inches from scoring that goal, so in that sense, it’s a positive we played to zero and I think it was a good defensive match for us, but at the same time the label that we have right now on our backs is that we haven’t won in nine games and we’re very aware of that so going back home on Saturday, I think we’re going to turn things around.”
GK Bryan Meredith
On leaving Rio Tinto Stadium with the shutout:
“I think just being mentally switched on the entire 90 minutes and being well-connected with the back line and the back line connected to the
midfield and so on is the reason why we did well.” It’s hard to come up here and play in the altitude; it was tough, but I think we came out and did well.”
Comparing first time with starting job and now: “It was pretty much the same way I got it both times. Unfortunate luck for some people and fortunate for me. I think it gave me a chance to prove myself and this opportunity rather than the last is a little more important because I know they have an expectation of me now and they know how I can play so they want me to exceed that expectation every single game.”