Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say after their stoppage-time 2-1 loss at league-leading San Jose:
On Seattle’s performance against San Jose: “We’ve played a lot of games. At the end of the day, I’m proud of what we did and proud of our ability to come back. There were times when we gave up territorially a little bit more than we would have liked, but at the end when you look at good, clean chances, we had as many as San Jose did.”
On San Jose’s game-winning goal: “It’s inexcusable to give up that goal late. We talked about [San Jose’s set pieces] and showed our guys examples of it, and we had done a good job of marking [Steven] Lenhart on all the free kicks and corners up until [the goal]. You can’t give him a free path where he has three or four yards to run up to the ball because he’s a big guy and he jumps well and we paid the price for it.”
On mentality of the team after two close losses: “We’ve just have to keep going. With our character, I think we’re right there. I don’t think there’s any team in the league that we have to fear. We’re starting to get [Christian] Tiffert integrated into the team; I thought he played well tonight. Now hopefully we can get into a rhythm in terms of not having to play every weekend and midweek and play all these games in a short period of time.”
On fresh faces in the lineup on Saturday: “I think the guys adapted well. I thought [Christian] Tiffert did a good job underneath and I thought Sammy Ochoa did what we asked him to do. Brad [Evans] was playing wide right, which is a different position for him. I thought all the guys stepped up and pretty much did what we asked them to do, but at the end of the day, we made a mistake with 15, 20 seconds to go in the game; that’s the last piece of the puzzle. We have the whole puzzle in front of us and we need to find that last piece.
Goalkeeper MICHAEL GSPURNING
On Seattle’s last two games: I don’t know – I have no words for what happened this week. Losing two times in one week is not normal, but from the performance we can keep our head up high. We had two targets and we didn’t reach both, so we have to speak about this, but in the end we can’t change anything.
On his team’s effort to come back and equalize late against San Jose: “I think our effort tonight showed the character of the team. We had a big effort, but in the end we didn’t reach our two targets, so the effort was for nothing.”
Midfielder CHRISTIAN TIFFERT
On getting the start for Seattle: “It was a good feeling. I said it before, I’m fit and I think I had some good action and good crosses. I also think we could play better because we have many good players, good technical players. San Jose played better than us tonight, but maybe next game we can create more chances.”
On Seattle’s last two games: “After Wednesday, it was a penalty but we lost nearly the same way late in the game. That is terrible, but it can happen – that’s football. San Jose’s [Steven Lenhart] had a good header to win the game and that will happen.”