A few quick things…
1. Good to see Osvaldo Alonso out there again. I think you’ll see more of him Wednesday night vs. D.C. United.
2. Montero was already gone by the time I got to the Sounders FC locker room after the game so I will try to catch up with Monday.
3. Thanks to those who have emailed their memories of NASL Sounders days. I’ll certainly take more if anyone is interested.
And now, on to quotes from coach Frank Yallop, MID Darren Huckerby and GK Joe Cannon. As Bill Schonely used to say when I was a kid listening to Blazers games…”Good night, Eeeeeverybody!”
FRANK YALLOP- Head Coach
(On the team having a number of first time starters) “Darren’s [Huckerby] first start in nine or ten weeks and [Chris] Wondolowski starts. I thought we are getting punished on sloppy plays on set plays. We gave up an easy goal for [Fredy] Montero on the back post and you can’t do that at this level or any level at that. You can’t expect to win going two goals down. We had a chance to tie it up at the end but we just couldn’t score, overall a frustrating game.”
(On the play of goalkeeper Joe Cannon) “He played really well, he kept us in it. Just to score right before halftime is the killer. You go in nil-nil and then you can regroup. I thought second half most of it we played really well. When you’re two-nil down on the road you don’t get many chances to come back. The referee didn’t give us many chances.”
(On being encouraged by Darren Huckerby playing 90 minutes) “Yes, it’s good. He had a bit of an off pre-season so he didn’t have much of one. It is good to see him out on the field and I thought he did well.”
(On scoring the goal and getting back into the game) “When Huckerby is on the field he is dangerous. For us to be a good team he needs to be on the field for us and tonight I think we played better. We got him the ball more in the second half and we seemed to be more active in the middle of the field. Our general football was better in the second half.”
(On coaching with some many changes during the middle of the season) “It is a little bit difficult to figure out. You go into the preseason hoping guys you signed will come in and play well. You get some bad results and you try to figure out what are we going to do to change it. We have to make sure we bring in guys who are solid players. It is not easy when you change the team and I think we didn’t play so bad at times.”
DARREN HUCKERBY- Midfielder
(On his health after playing a full 90 minutes) “Yeah, I was tired there near the end. I have had five training sessions in eight weeks so it took a lot to get through the game. It is a learning curve and I probably shouldn’t have played 90 but it turns out that we were trying to get the goal back. The first half they dominated and created a lot chances. We were clearly the better team in the second half. We were a little disappointed we didn’t get a second goal in.”
(On the physical nature of the game tonight) “An MLS match is pretty physical but this one was more like an English game. We battled well but it wasn’t enough today. We created a few chances in the second half and like I said I think we were the better team.”
(On playing with some new faces in the starting lineup) “We had some new faces and that can make it difficult but I thought we played well. They are a tough team and they have a good fan base behind them. We didn’t get the results we wanted.”
(On playing his first game in Seattle) “It is a great place to play not doubt about that. The fans really get behind them and it is a soccer city. It is a shame we don’t play on grass. I’m sure as they would prefer to play on grass but you can’t have everything.”
JOE CANNON- Goalkeeper
(On the play of the team tonight) “I felt like I did alright and they didn’t create much, the couple of saves just kind of came. They had a lot of pressure and possession, I feel like tonight the first half took forever to get out there. We needed to hold on the ball a little more to weather their storm. We were unfortunate to not to go into halftime zero-zero. As far as the saves go it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win. Right now with the guys we have the stats aren’t doing us any justice, we have some individual errors. We went down one-nothing at halftime and we were disappointed. If your team is down in a place like this it is hard.”