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Tired Sounders OK with draw at hot Dallas

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm with No Comments »
September 2, 2012 9:04 pm

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 1-1 draw at FC Dallas.

General thoughts:
We’ve had to go through this week with the traveling, and so forth, and the early morning airport calls, the lack of sleep the guys have had to deal with… I was very pleased at what we showed. It shows our character and morale. We knew we have to hang on at times, try to get as many fresh bodies as we could out there. We didn’t expect [Osvaldo Alonso] to get hurt, so that forced a change on us that we didn’t want to make, but I was really pleased with our character.

How important was it to get that first goal: Vital for us to get. I wasn’t happy that we gave up one at the other end because I think that we defended as well as we could have but that’s the way it is sometimes. But for us to get the first goal here away from home was very important, especially considering our fatigue factor.

On the play of goalkeeper Michael Gspurning: Michael was very good. The save he makes going to his right in the second half is a huge save. That’s what you need from goalkeepers. They come up with saves at big times of the game. I coached Kevin Hartman for years. He’s a guy that’s done that in the years I coached him many times and Michael has done that for us this year as well.

A little bit of a different formation for you guys, what do you think on the way that worked out: It worked out all right. It was a way I felt we had to play based on our personnel and what we had here today, so it worked out alright. Obviously for a guy like Adam Johansson who has never played in this kind of heat before or a guy like Christian Tiffert whose never played in this kind of heat either, for them psychologically it was even a more difficult game at times. Overall I think we did alright. Fredy Montero was active and occupied the two center backs. Sometimes we needed a little more support from the wingers but if we play this formation more often we’ll work that out.

On the fatigue factor, especially in the second half: I think it showed. When you look at the stats of the game, it showed in terms of us winning less duels in the second half, just not being able to get the balls, not being able to really generate as many attacks in the second half that got into the final third as we did in the first half. That was just a reflection of just tired legs.

General thoughts on the game:
The heat played a big part in the game. It was tough for both teams. We couldn’t play our best match. We couldn’t. We tried, but it was too hot here. We were coming from Trinidad and Tobago and a ten-hour flight with delays with all this stuff. We did a great job trying to win this game and to play to the same level as them.

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