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Schmid: Two good teams preparing for playoffs

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm with No Comments »
October 28, 2012 11:04 pm

Here’s some Sounders’ reaction after their 1-0 loss to the Galaxy tonight:

Coach SIGI SCHMID
“Obviously, you never want to lose a game by giving up a late goal like that. It was a game tonight that could have easily been 6-6. There were chances for both teams. I think you saw two very good teams playing against each other. Two good teams that have a lot of ability… that have a lot of ability defensively and to be able to get forward. A little bit of an error on our part on the goal. We didn’t shift over quick enough and were caught 3-v-2 on the other side of the field, and Magee finished it well. On the other end, we got denied two, three times by (Josh) Saunders on some pretty big time saves.”

On the atmosphere: “It had two good teams making sure they are ready for the playoffs— that gave it that playoff intensity. There is a lot of pride in those players that stepped onto the field and that pride was definitely evident. LA is the defending champion and they are not going to give it away easily. We are a team that wants to get there, so we will fight and scratch to get there. It was two teams going at it.”

On missed opportunities: “A little break here or there would have made a difference. We hit the post early on, and they hit the post later on with Keane. Freddy (Montero)’s header was clean in, Eddie (Johnson) had a couple opportunities before he came off. In games like that it is a little bit of: are you able to finish chances when you get them and keep them from finishing their chances when they dominate the game. It is something that has to serve for us as motivation as we go into our next series of games”

On the team’s mood entering the playoffs: “I think we are ready for the playoffs, tonight has to be a good motivator. Sometimes when you get slapped a little bit towards the end of the season it can be a good thing because it reminds you of how that feels and it is a feeling that you don’t want to have come back. I think this team definitely has what it takes to make a run at the championship. There is enough quality on the field, enough quality on our bench, and the desire is definitely there.”

Midfielder BRAD EVANS
On the attacking nature of the game:
“Both teams had chances. They were able to capitalize on their one shot from outside the box. I think that overall a decent performance from both sides. I think we’ve won every game, the last game of the season, so far. I don’t know if that’s right, leading up to the playoffs, so hopefully this is a good omen. And, we get off on the right foot next week.”

On the Galaxy’s performance: “I think if you look at their lineup, that’s the way they play. They push numbers forward. They have high quality players and anytime you are going to face that team – they are going to push numbers forward and try to attack. They catch you on a break and both teams like to counter attack, so it’s going to happen in this game. We were prepared for it and I think that both defenses made good saves, keepers made good saves. I think we were unlucky not to finish a couple of our chances. But, they finished theirs. It’s the name of the game.”

Defender JEFF PARKE
On the result:
“I didn’t expect for them to come out and push the way they did. I thought that they would rest more guys for Thursday, getting themselves prepared for an important game. They pushed the game and pushed the tempo. We had our chances, but we definitely didn’t expect a game of that magnitude. They played well, but I thought we had our chances.”

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