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Quakes coach skeptical on intent of Oba goal, but goalkeeper Busch just tips his cap

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm with No Comments »
May 17, 2014 11:02 pm

Here’s some San Jose reaction after the Quakes’ 1-0 loss Saturday night at CenturyLink Field:

Mark Watson – San Jose Earthquakes Head Coach
(On the match…)
“Obviously we’re disappointed to lose. I was proud of our guys tonight. I thought they performed pretty well. We’re chasing the game from pretty early on after a wonder goal, but a lot of positives in the performance. We as a team hadn’t played together and were up against a very good Seattle team. It waw disappointing to lose, but I thought our team played quite well overall.”

(On what a match like this does for the team, playing so many different guys …) “It gives guys opportunities. We have a bunch of players away, suspended and injured, and it gives guys opportunities to get a chance to show what they can do. There were some good performances tonight.”

(On Jon Busch’s performance tonight …) “Yeah, Jon was good tonight. He’s been good for us for a long time so I wasn’t surprised. Once again, he made some really crucial saves that kept us in the game. It came down to the last minute where we could’ve gotten something out of the game, and that was due to his saves and keeping it 1-nil.”

(On who stood out from the guys given opportunities …) “I think everyone did well tonight. I think Billy Schuler came in not having played a lot and I thought he did well. I just think overall everyone played pretty well. We moved the ball really well at times, but we weren’t dynamic enough and didn’t have that little bit of quality in the final third to be dangerous in front of goal and to give us a chance to get back in the game.”

(On Obafemi Martins’ goal …) “I don’t know if anyone knows if that was intentional. In that position, you just try to get the ball across the face of goal and it snuck in the top corner. Credit to him – he got there and put the ball in a dangerous spot where it least has a chance to go in. It happens, and unfortunately we were chasing the game from that point.”

(On the team’s performance overall …) “Everyone is aware of our squad right now – a bunch of guys missing with national team call ups, suspensions and injuries. We pride ourselves in any team we put out and I was really proud of the guys from that side of it. We stuck together and our guys fought right to the end. I think we’ll take a lot out of that performance to take into the next game Sunday and down the road.”

(On coming away without any further injuries or suspensions …) “It was big. It’s a big issue for us now. A couple more injuries and we’re in serious trouble. We obviously have games to win, but we have to be really careful that we take care of our guys as best we can and keep them healthy through this stretch.”

(On not seeming concerned about where they are in the standings …) “We’d prefer to be in first place right now, but we’ll regroup after this. We’ll learn from it, have a good week of training and get prepared for Houston on Sunday to try to get three points.”

Jon Busch – San Jose Earthquakes Goalkeeper
(On the Sounders’ goal…)
“You tip your cap to him; that’s a big time finish from that angle. The only place you expect him to put it is at the near post. That’s the only angle he’s got and he finds the back post. You tip your hat to him because there’s nothing you can do. Doesn’t matter who you are or where you play, that’s a good goal.”

(On if anybody had tried a shot like that on him before…) “Yeah I mean I’ve seen guys try it. It usually ends up on top of the net or out for a goal kick or whatever. He’s a world class forward and he proved it tonight on that one.”

(On the defensive performance outside of the goal…) “I thought they did great, you know? We’ve got seasoned pros on this team and I thought they did a tremendous job. It doesn’t matter who we plug in there. We expect them to play well and I thought the whole back line-Shaun, Jordan, Ty, and Brandon-I thought they played great tonight.”

(On Seattle’s chances…) “Yeah, they’re a good team. We knew coming into it especially being on the road that they were going to get their chances and my job is to make saves and keep us in the game.

Shaun Francis – San Jose Earthquakes Defender
(On returning from injury…)
“I was injured before, so this was my first game coming back and I felt comfortable. I’ve been in the league for a while now so I felt comfortable coming in and playing. I thought the back line did a really good job. We stuck to our guns and did what we had to do. It was a really good goal and there was nothing we could do about that. It’s something that caught us by surprise and we have to take our hats off to him.

(On getting hurt in second half…) “It was not the hamstring; it was my ankle. I twisted it a bit and then it was kind of hurting a bit while I was back in the game. I just had to continue working and eventually it went away. I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine. It was not something serious.”

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