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Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm with No Comments »
September 30, 2012 9:29 am

As might be expected, the Sounders were happy that their scoreless draw at Vancouver tonight clinched their fourth playoff berth in their four seasons.

However, they weren’t happy about losing two points to Real Salt Lake, which won tonight, and leaving themselves vulnerable to falling furture behind Los Angeles, which plays at Colorado on Sunday.

The draw also means they do not control their own Cascadia Cup destiny, even with a win over Portland next Sunday.

And it assures that for the first time, they will fail to improve on their record from the previous season.

Here’s some of they had to say after the match at BC Place:

On making the playoffs:
“Obviously we’ve done a lot of work all season. So it’s great to finally have that officially secured, but our goal is still to get second place so we’re disappointed in not getting three points today. At the end of the game they had a fantastic chance with Camilo so we can be fortunate that we didn’t walk out down. We had some chances as well, the deflected shot by Zakuani could easily have gone in as well, we had a couple of other shots as well but Knighton came up with some saves.”

On the team’s first shutout since Aug 18: “I’m encouraged by the shutout. I think the quality of our crosses sometimes weren’t as good as they needed to be. We needed to get in a little deeper with our crosses, they would have been more effective. Also bringing guys back in like Mauro who missed a few weeks, it takes them a little bit of time to get rhythm but his effort was great and what he gave us was fantastic, and I thought in the first 45 minutes I thought we were very good, I thought we played very well for the opening 45.”

On the Whitecaps play: “They played a lot of good balls and they were able to win second balls and keep the pressure on. You expect that from a team when they are at home and they are battling for a spot in the playoffs.”

On the inability to score a goal: “There’s not a lot that separates teams in this league. [The Whitecaps] put forth a very good defensive effort and there were a couple of times where we had chances throughout the game. We created chances; if we hadn’t created chances than I would be more concerned.”

Thoughts on the match:
“I think we had more possession of the game during the 90 minutes and it’s a pity that we couldn’t score and couldn’t take the three points. I’m disappointed for that, but we have to keep working. We know that we are in the playoffs with that point but it’s not enough, we came here for the three points. We hope in the next game we can win at home against Portland for our fans.

How he felt after coming back from his quad injury: “Very good, I felt very good with the minutes I played in the game. I really wanted to keep playing but I have to build a little bit more fitness for the next game.”

Thoughts on the match:
“I can’t say that both teams didn’t want to win this game, but in the end one point I think is fair for both teams. We reached the playoffs but we wanted three points today and we have to take the positive thing from it which was the shutout. Now we have to keep working towards next week for another important game.

What changed in the second half: “In the first half we had more possession of the ball and we were the better team, in the second half it changed a little bit. It’s tough to say why it happened but in the end the draw is a fair result for this game.”

On next week’s Cascadia Cup match against Portland: “We have to win, no excuses we all know this and all week we will be focused on this game on Sunday.”

On getting the shutout: “Of course it’s a positive thing when you’re on the road and you have a shutout. That’s always positive and if you told us before that we will have the shutout, we would be sure of getting a result, but it didn’t happen today, so we have to accept this.”

On Camilo’s last second shot going wide: “I’m big enough, I just tried to be as big as possible. Of course there was a lot of luck that it didn’t go in.”

Defender JEFF PARKE:
Thoughts on the match:
“We came in here to get the three points so it’s a little bit disappointing. We didn’t give up any goals, we had our chances but we got the point we needed to get into the playoffs so that’s important. But we have some things that we have to work on, and we’ve got a couple more games leading up to the playoffs and hopefully we can get on a good run.”

On the shutout: “As a group defensively it was a good game. We gave up a couple of chances, but at the end of the day we got the zero and it’s important that we run with this and hopefully use this as confidence going into the next game and going on a little bit of run. “We haven’t had a shutout in a while so that’s a good thing.”

On his shot that was cleared off the line: “I knew it was going to get blocked. [Lee] was there on the post and I didn’t get enough on it. He was in a good spot and I could only get a little piece of it but I knew it was going to get blocked. It wasn’t really that hard of a shot. If I had my toe on it I might have had a better opportunity to score but he did a good job of putting himself in a good spot.”

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