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Whitecaps react to scoreless draw

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm with No Comments »
September 29, 2012 10:04 pm

Here’s some of what the Whitecaps had to say tonight after their scoreless home draw with the Sounders:

Thoughts on the game:
“It was a good game and obviously, an exciting game. There were a lot of goalmouth incidents, and overall throughout the game we played well. The atmosphere was fantastic, soccer is becoming so big in North America, it’s a privilege for us to be a part of it and I wish we could send our fans home with a little bit more excitement.”

On two first-half substitutions due to injury: “It was difficult, but I thought the players that went on managed to find the rhythm of the game very quickly, which is sometimes hard to do. It just limited our opportunities to change the game in the second half with substitutions that we wanted to do, but the players that went on did very well.”

On the progress of the team: “We defended well today, we look organized, and we gave up very few chances in the game. We possessed the ball well, we created good opportunities and we had a chance at the end to win the game, but I definitely saw progress and a lot to build on going forward.”

Thoughts on the match: “It was a hard fought game. It was unfortunate for us at the end, but we’re happy with the result. You set out a game plan and go out to get three points, but when you have two injuries in the first 25-30 minutes, it does kind of change that. I thought Matt came in and was superb and obviously Camilo had the opportunity at the end for us.

Thoughts on the match:
“From a defensive point of view, we kept a clean sheet which is obviously your objective before the game. I think we limited them to a few chances and we’re disappointed we didn’t score in the last few seconds, but that’s soccer. Now we move onto the game on Wednesday.”

On the sellout crowd of 21,000: “It was fantastic. Our supporters have been magnificent since I’ve been here and no doubt have played a massive part for the success of the club this season. We have another three games and we need that support as much as ever and hopefully we can repay their faith for coming to watch us.”

Thoughts on the clean sheet: “I thought the performance was generally good. We competed very well. It wasn’t the prettiest spectacle at times, but I think you need to do that sometimes. It was just unfortunate we didn’t get the three points. I felt comfortable with Martin when I played with him and Jay today. I thought collectively we did very well. People will say we kept a clean sheet, but like I said before the game, our strikers are our first defenders and I thought they were superb as well.”

Thoughts on the match:
“I think for us to get a clean sheet against a good Seattle team that scores a lot of goals is a major step for us in the right direction. Obviously, [there is] natural disappointment because we had chances to win the game, but they didn’t fall for us tonight and we have to keep on going.”

On the clean sheet: “The clean sheet comes from the eleven, not just us four at the back. It’s a team effort. If you look at the guys, there were a lot of tired bodies out there today. That’s because we got behind the ball and did our work and we kept a good Seattle team scoreless. That’s the main thing, we have to keep going and now we have to go find the net.”

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