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April 18, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Postgame quotes, Seattle-Chivas USA

Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid

On Chivas USA:

“Chivas is a good team, they’re a solid team. I thought it was a very physical game, and I thought the referee allowed it to be played physically, but they’re a good passing team, they don’t make many positional errors, and they were pretty solid defensively.”

On how the game could’ve gone differently:

“I thought we had a chance right at the end of the first half where Zach Thornton came up with a save on the near post off the cross from Nate Jaqua; we could’ve made it 1-1 there. I thought in the second half we had a couple of opportunities. Steve Zakuani provided us a couple of opportunities on the left, and got in behind their defense, so I think we’re getting there, we’re just missing the final pass, and as I said, we’re missing our ability to sustain our attack when we attack them. It seemed like once our attack ended, and once they got the ball, then we had to go all the way back into our defensive third before we could attack again.”

On Montero’s chip in the first half:

“Obviously, he saw Zach [Thornton] come off the line, he thought he could chip him and he did chip him, but he put the ball wide. I know as a forward, you think, ‘Maybe I could’ve hit the ball hard and low and slipped it past him,’ but the main thing is, at that moment in the game, where if we have a chance to go up 1-0, it changes the entire complexion of the game.”

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg

On the match:

“I’m upset we didn’t win. We started well and had a great chance with Fredy in the first half. Maybe on the first goal we could’ve done a little better on the through ball that came in, and stuff like that, but that’s how it is. We probably kept the ball well. They defended well, especially the second half. They broke on us and got the second goal when we tried to push for an equalizer.”

Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Chris Eylander:

On his performance in the match:

“They didn’t have a lot of shots on goal, but I had a lot to do with my feet, and I got used to talking to my defenders in a louder environment. Unfortunately the two good chances they did have on us resulted in goals.”

On the first goal of the game:

” made the decision to stay and adjust myself into position -getting ready for the ball to be cut back across the goal. As I saw the ball get cut across the goal, I saw a couple guys try to kick the ball out and it looked like one of our guys hit it in the net. I made the decision to stay and not come out for that ball, it got put back in and that’s a tough ball to defend. When the ball is on the line like that, about 12-14 yards out, and its being cut back it’s difficult to defend. Everyone’s running back onto it, the forwards and defenders.”


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