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Sounders react as Montero’s 12th goal of season leads to draw in Portland

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm with No Comments »
September 15, 2012 5:38 pm

Here’s more Sounders reaction after their 1-1 draw today in Portland:

Thoughts on the match:

“For them it was a very emotional game. You saw by all their players that went out that were injured, cramping up and little niggling muscle injuries toward the end that they spent everything that they had. So from that standpoint I’m pleased that we were able to keep them at bay for the majority of the game. Once we got the lead, I thought we played a little better in the second half, finding Andy Rose coming out of the back instead of Ozzie [Alonso] because they were really cracking down on Ozzie, making it difficult for us to play through him. So, Andy got more involved, we got forward, got a good goal to take the lead, but then we just gave away too many corner kicks and gave them a little bit of dominance in the game. When you give away that many corners eventually you get chances, and we were lucky on the one where they hit the post as well. We had a good chance at the end where we could almost steal it. So, I think at the end of the day 1-1 is a fair result.”

On Fredy Montero’s goal:
“I thought it was a great goal. At first when he hit it, I thought it had gone over the goal. The individual ability to turn and hit that and volley it takes a lot of skill.”

Thoughts on a first-time MLS viewer seeing Saturday’s game:
“It’s intense, it’s competitive, the atmosphere was tremendous. The atmosphere is always great here or at our place, the effort of the two teams was fantastic, you can see it was a very competitive game. It’s a man’s game. People have to get out there and battle. It’s got physical elements to it, it’s got its skillful element when you look at the goal Montero scores and when you look at some of the individual play of other players. So, I think it had everything. We always complain about not enough goals, but it’s really about goal scoring chances. The drama was there with them hitting the post and at the end with us having a very good look from Ozzie. It had all the elements of what a good sporting event should be.”

Thoughts on having the lead on the road in a second consecutive match and settling for a draw:
“Each game, like I said, takes on its own emphasis. Dallas game they were a very hungry team. They were coming off a game that was difficult, so for us to hang on, and today we played a team for them, this was their MLS Cup final. They played and expended the energy that a team would expend in the MLS Cup final. You don’t want to expend that energy every time you play, but it’s just a little bit different when you say ‘it’s now or never,’ and they had that now-or-never attitude. So, based on that, it was ok, but I thought once we had the lead we need to do a better job managing the game. We need to do a better job of holding onto the ball. We got complicated sometimes and all of a sudden we’re giving up another corner and another corner when really we could have cleared the ball up the field. Those are little things that you gotta do well in those moments of the game.”

Thoughts on the result:

“Well we know we can be better, but at the same time we know to tie in this place is difficult. We have one point, which is going to be good for us at the end of the season.”

Thoughts on his goal:
“It came from the goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, and the ball bounced. I tried to hold the defender, when I saw I was in the box, I just tried to hit the ball. It was good.”

On his goal scoring record in Cascadia Cup games:
“It’s always good to score goals in those kind of derbies. Those goals, the people coming from Seattle they enjoy more than me, and I’m happy for them and happy for the team. Let’s keep winning games, and hopefully the next game at home we have the opportunity to win again.”

On the physicality of the game:

“It was a physical game, but those are derby games. We just wanted to come in here and match their intensity and start out on the right foot. Last game we didn’t have a good start to the game and we went down two goals, which made it difficult to get back into the game. At times, I thought we matched their intensity, we knew they were going to have their home crowd behind them, and I thought 1-1 was a fair result.”

On the collision with Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts:
“In the attacking third we got a good understanding when guys get the ball out wide and for a forward it’s first nature – one guy goes to the near post and one guy goes to the far. I just tried to make a hard run in the box and I was already celebrating. Andy [Rose] crossed the perfect ball, but [Ricketts] came late and I tried to avoid the contact. By that time it was too late, my momentum was going toward the goal and his ribs hit my bicep. I was just trying to be dangerous in the box, that’s been my bread and butter this season, and the guys made it difficult today, but I thought it was a good game.”

On the final match yet to play against the Timbers this season:
“Well the good thing is we get to go back to our home stadium and play in front of our crowd. We know it’s going to be an electric atmosphere, but these games are tough. The Cascadia Cup is something that they’re playing for and something they’re looking forward to achieving because it’s a goal that’s still a realistic goal for them. We know we’re trying to get as many points as we can to secure second place in the Western Conference, so it’s gonna be a big game, but we need to get the three points at home.”

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