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Zakuani happy to have scored goal, but blames himself for role in San Jose’s two goals

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm with No Comments »
September 22, 2012 11:16 pm

Steve Zakuani scored his first MLS goal since April 9, 2011, tonight. And he celebrated the goal that briefly moved the Sounders even with San Jose.

However, he was downbeat after the game, blaming himself for his role in both Earthquakes goals in their 2-1 win.

“I’m not happy that I played Wondolowski onside for (the game-winning) goal,” he said. “And even through Dawkins scored a great goal, that was my giveaway. I’m not happy to be contributing to two of their goals, so that doesn’t make me very happy. I wish it came in a win. Obviously, I’m happy do to it, and you could see my emotion after that. I think Sammy (Ochoa) gets most of the credit, and what I had to try to do was keep the ball on the frame. That’s what I did.”

Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning reluctantly agreed when asked if there was “a miscommunication” on Wondolowski’s goal.

“Obviously, obviously,” he said. “We react from one side to the other. Maybe we could have made a step more up and then (Wondolowski) is offside. We know set pieces they are strong. We conceded a goal again from set pieces. It shouldn’t happen like this.”

More from Zakuani:
On their strong play in the second half) “I agree in terms of effort. I don’t think it was our best, most fluid offensive performance. I don’t think we moved the ball and completed a significant amount of passes. I think our attitude and effort in the second half was a lot better. In the first half, San Jose beat us to every ball, every second ball, every loose ball they were first. They wanted it more. In the second half we came out and really competed, and we had them on the back foot, and on another day if we find a goal, I think it’s one of those games where you just need one to go in, and you can go in and get the win. Effort—second half was good, first half wasn’t good enough. That’s not the standard that we’ve set at this club and it needs to be better.”

On the positives he can take from this game) “This is a rarity for us. It’s not every week that we’re losing games and we’re not putting forth our best effort. It doesn’t happen often, that’s why it hurts so much. Again, like I said, the goals were errors—our own errors. I don’t think they broke us down with their play. That’s the positive we take. If we can cut out the errors and improve our offensive game, we’re going to be where we need to be. These next five games are all playoff games, and the intensity needs to be there. We need to start getting ready for the postseason, and we need to get some good results because Salt Lake’s around, LA’s around, San Jose’s there. These are all good teams and we need to show that we belong and that we can surpass what they’re doing.”

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