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Shorthanded Sounders happy with three points

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 1-0 shorthanded win at Columbus:

On winning with 10 men:

We’re happy with the three points. Obviously, it wasn’t the way we drew it up. I think technically it’s maybe a red card on Leo [Gonzalez], but I thought [Ryan] Finley was barely touched. He just fell over. We had one where somebody got barely touched, too. If they would have fallen over I wouldn’t have claimed a red card there. We had to deal with that adversity

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Crew coach says loss to Seattle may hurt the most

Here’s some reaction from the Columbus Crew tonight after their 1-0 loss to the Sounders, despite playing with a man advantage most of the way.

On the challenges the club faced tonight:

You have to be patient and move the ball. You have to use soccer knowledge and then you can score goals. Sometimes it is tough to play games like this. If you are playing a man up you think that you don’t have to work so hard because everything is going to be given. We know Eddie Johnson is good

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Pair of Rosales quotes Sounders fans will love


Mauro Rosales not only assisted the Sounders’ lone and winning goal today, but after the game he delivered these three fan-endearing quotes in a postgame interview with KONG 6/16:

On the win: We plan everything during the week, but you don’t plan to lose a man five minutes into the game. It was really, really hard to play against this team. They had the chances, they wanted to take the three points – they need the points. We did something special today because playing with 10 men, the character that we showed today is amazing. I’m proud of my boys, so proud of the guys: We played with the heart today.

On Eddie Johnson’s game-winner: I’m really happy about that. Eddie deserved that. He’s played very very well the last couple of games, he’s getting time with the national team. … He’s doing aways the best for the team. Now Read more »


Shorthanded Sounders win at Columbus

It’s gone final: a 1-0 Sounders win despite playing a man down most of the way. Eddie Johnson with the game winner.

Sounders move into tie for second in the West, with three straight home games coming up.

I’ll be back with quotes. Meanwhile, here are some notes from the club:

*Sounders FC is 5-1-1 over the past seven games and are second in the Western Conference with 1.67 points per match.

*Eddie Johnson’s seven goals are tied with Obafemi Martins for the team-lead. He has now scored in consecutive games and recorded a point in each of his last four starts. With 62 career MLS goals, he is now in sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time list.

*Mauro Rosales leads the team with seven assists, including five game-winners. His 33 career assists are second in club history, one shy of Fredy Montero’s record of 34. Rosales has one goal and four assists in his last six games, and Seattle is 24-2-7 when Rosales scores (11) or assists (33).

*Tonight marked the second straight game Seattle has scored via the Rosales-Johnson connection. The pair have linked up three times this year and nine times total.

*Sounders FC is 3-6-6 when playing down a man and 5-8-9 overall in any games they receive a red card.

*Johnson’s goal marked the fifth time Seattle has scored when down a man, going 2-2-1 in those games. Johnson scored last season at Montreal (6/16) while Seattle was a man down.

*With the start tonight, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado moved into fourth place in club history with 94 starts, passing Kasey Keller. Hurtado is also fourth with 98 starts and 8,357 minutes.

*Sounders FC finished the month of August 4-1-0 this season, giving them a 13-5-4 all-time August record.

*Seattle is 4-1-3 all time against Columbus, the lone loss coming last season (5/23) at CenturyLink Field.

*Michael Gspurning made 2 saves and earned his eighth clean sheet of the season. The Austrian has now recorded consecutive shutouts for the third time this season.

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Saturday comes: Sounders at Crew, 4:30

Here’s our preview from The News Tribune. Below are the basics:

4:30 p.m., Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-1-3 overall and 2-0-1 at Crew Stadium, where the Sounders have outscored the home team 6-1. Overall, Seattle has outscored Columbus 14-7.
NOTES: Seattle is tied for the fifth and final playoff spot in the West. … Columbus is eighth in the East and coming off of a 4-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. The Crew started four homegrown players in that match, an MLS record. … Columbus will be without forward Federico Higuain, who is serving the first of a two-game disciplinary suspension. Higuain shares the team goals lead (nine) with Dominic Oduro, and is tops in assists, shots and shots on goal. No. 1 goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum is out with a shoulder injury. Matt Lampson (1.40 GAA) is expected to make his sixth start instead. … Seattle goals leader (seven) Obafemi Martins (ankle) and midfielder Shalrie Joseph (knee) are out. … Two of the Sounders’ four all-time hat tricks have come against Columbus: by Blaise Nkufo in 2010 and Lamar Neagle in 2011. … Columbus is 5-4-3 at home; Seattle is 4-7-1 away. … Columbus hasn’t played to a draw since June 1 (4-8). … A Columbus win would give coach Robert Warzycha the most regular-season wins in franchise history (71). … The assigned referee is Ismail Elfath.
QUOTABLE: “They’re a little harder to figure out this week because with Higuain out, how are they going to change? … Certainly (Dominic) Oduro’s speed always poses a problem. (Jairo) Arrieta is a good goal poacher and has been that for them. Defensively, Chad Marshall is a solid player, and he’s also very effective on set pieces.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the Crew. Read more »


Martins and Joseph out for Columbus tomorrow

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said today that neither forward Obafemi Martins nor midfielder Shalrie Joseph traveled to Columbus for the match tomorrow with the Crew.

Schmid said an MRI on Martins ankle revealed nothing more than a sprain, and said he hopes Martins will be available Wednesday when the Sounders return home to meet Chivas USA — and when Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Brad Davis will be away on national team duty.

“Shalrie and Obafemi both are not with us, so they’re not going to be able to play tomorrow,” he said. “… (Oba’s MRI showed) a regular sprained

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Crew Stadium has been welcoming to Sounders

The Sounders are in Columbus today, and we’re expected to get some updates from coach Sigi Schmid around midday. Meanwhile, here are some club notes leading to their 4:30 p.m. Saturday match against the Crew.

Seattle-Columbus Series Notes

Sounders FC is 3-1-3 against the Columbus Crew, going unbeaten (2-0-1) at Crew Stadium. The lone loss in the series came in the previous meeting as Columbus won, 2-0, at CenturyLink Field on May 23, 2012. The match marks Seattle’s first visit to Crew Stadium in over two years.

* Seattle has outscored Columbus 14-7, including 6-1 at Crew Stadium.

* Ten

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