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May 10, 2009 at 3:49 PM

“To be honest, it wasn’t that good of a display of soccer”

The words of Sounders FC defender James Riley, who spoke to reporters after today’s 1-1 tie with the L.A. Galaxy at Qwest Field. Riley was given a red card in the 57th minute and also picked up his thrd yellow of the season.

“I think everyone feels a little bit robbed today,” Riley said, referring to the slow-down, pack-it-in style the Galaxy deployed against Sounders FC.

So Riley will have to miss next week’s match at FC Dallas. This means Zach Scott could return to the starting lineup at defender.

Ugly game, especially in the second half. I was just appalled at the flop by Mike Magee on the play in which Riley drew the red. Sure, there was reason for a yellow but something should be done about players who play it up too much. They should be penalized, too, in my mind.

I also noticed that soon after Jhon Kennedy Hurtado went down in a collision right after the game started, he was helped off the field and then was waving at the official to get his attention to let him back onto the field. It seemed to take a few moments before that happened. Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid addressed that situation.

“Early on there was an injury to Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and it seemed like it took them forever to get him back on the field. He was there, he was ready to come back, and I don’t know if he [referee Tim Weyland] didn’t know he was ready, I don’t know what the situation was. But certainly when the Galaxy had an injured player, he was able to come on immediately.”

More from Schmid:

(On Los Angeles Galaxy playing style) “Their whole playing style all season has been to keep themselves close and in games and snag a goal here and there. They got a good goal, it was a good cross and a good finish on a ball that we lost coming off the back that we probably shouldn’t’ve lost him where we did. They’re always hoping that they can isolate Landon [Donovan].”

(On Sounders offense) “In the first half it was tough for us because they held their line so deep that we had to be patient and knock the ball around. I thought we had a good goal, and I thought we had a penalty as well that didn’t get called. When you’re playing a team like that, that’s what you’re going to get. But when you’re going to get some shots here and there, but if you get denied those opportunities it’s going to be a long afternoon.”

(On Sebastien Le Toux) “He gave us what I thought he’d give us, which is a lot of energy and running around. Because they really played a 4-5-1, we had Seba float between the wing and inside so that we could bring (Brad) Evans inside a little more. Seba gave us what I expected with his energy and his work rate and he always puts pressure on the opponent’s defense.”

(On the ref): “He was retired. He unretired a few years ago. All coaches get to file a referee’s report so we’ll go through the appropriate channels.”

(On the three red cards this season) “Kasey’s red, there’s nothing much you can say or do about that. Montero’s arm was up and the referee decided to make it a harsh decision. Today, it’s tough for me because it happened so quickly. Maybe James (Riley) deserves a red card, but I can’t believe that there’s not another red card in that melee. That’s the kind of confrontational melee that to single out one side against the other made it a little unfair.”

(On fouls) “I don’t think there was a lot of embellishment on fouls. In that fracas there was probably a little bit of some extra theatrics there, but I don’t think there was a lot of embellishment on fouls today. If guys got kicked, they got kicked.”

(On Galaxy pushing for the win) “It became less likely as they kept taking forwards off the field and bring on midfielders…Any time you have Landon (Donovan) on the field there’s danger.”

(On ties) “Sometimes ties feel good and sometimes ties feel bad. It’s an emotion. I was in this league when they did a shootout, and I certainly don’t want a shootout. To work this hard like we did today and take the game to the other team while playing a man down and then to go to some shootout or something and walk off the field as a loser would have been unjust to our team.”


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