Well, we all know it had to happen one of these days. Still, I think with a full 11-on-11 and Keller in the game, Seattle wins or its at least a draw. As someone close to the team pointed out afterward, this still a very exciting team to watch win or lose.
So Seattle is one point behind Chivas USA in the West (10-9). Head coach Sigi Schmid seems determined to get one back because he seems to expect his team to hold serve at home.
General Comments: “When you play a man down for that amount of time it’s difficult. I thought in the second half when we got ourselves organized at halftime I thought we came out, I thought we played effective soccer even though we were a man down. I thought there were times when we took the game to them. ”
(On Kansas City goal) “We made a mistake because we didn’t step up on to Davy Arnaud, who can strike a good ball from distance and we were a little late stepping out.”
(On positives of game) “The thing I’m most proud that we played a man down for 60, 65 minutes and Kansas City was celebrating quite extensively at the end of the game. That shows how much respect we’ve already garnered in this league. If they’re really excited about playing a man up for 65 minutes and coming out with a 1-0 squeaker, it shows that there’s a lot of respect for what we’ve done as a team so far, and the quality that we’ve put on the field. For us it’s just a matter of licking our wounds. I thought it was a great effort, I’m proud of my guys. That’s what I told them…We’re just going to get the three points back when we go on the road.”
(On goalkeeper situation) “Chris Eylander is getting close. We didn’t put him active this week, but he trained all this week so he should be able to come out and be able to train full out this coming week. So who starts between Dragavon and Eylander, I’m not sure, but should be our two goalkeepers. ”
(On Kasey Keller red card play) “Kasey was trying to get his hands out of the way of the ball. The referee missed a number of handballs in the first half and that was the only one he saw, was the one on Kasey.”
(On offense) “It was OK. There are still kinks we need to work out. Brad Evans at times was a little too wide, even though we got some great opportunities from him going forward. He had a great chance in the second where (Kevin) Hartman came up with a world-class save going to his right. There’s times when Brad needs to go inside a little bit more and that’s something we’ll work on ad we’ll get better with.”
F NATE JAQUA
(On playing down a man) “You got to just work, and battle, and try and eke anything you can. So I was actually surprised the second that we were able to create as much as we were, and we were able to it almost felt like a little bit more possession than they did.”
(On feeling like the team should have gotten a result) “It’s definitely frustrating because I thought that we could’ve gotten out of here with a tie for sure, and we easily could’ve gotten out of here with a win. It’s frustrating and we put it behind us and we go to Chivas next week and get a win down there.”
(On strategy in the second half) “You definitely knew we were going to defend a bit more. I was dropping back in. I wasn’t really playing as a forward on defense. When we got the ball I was stepping up. Yeah, when you have to drop back in, I thought they were going to come at us a bit more, but we were able to fight well and win those balls and we were able to counter on them. We created more than I thought we would in the second half.”
M OSVALDO ALONSO – translation
(On playing a man down changes the mindset of the team) “Of course it was a change in the mindset in how the team played. I thought with the red card we had to pull back, exploring the counter-attacks. It’s done. We lost. Now it’s to think about the experience and what we learn from this and think about the next team, Chivas, and how we play the next game.”