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Sounders FC

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July 18, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Quotes from Sounders FC players

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller
General Comments: “I was really impressed with the way the guys played. They had a world all-star team out there, and I think until they scored the goal, I kind of felt that we were probably the more dangerous team. Obviously we didn’t sit back and try to defend. We wanted to attack and make it entertaining for everybody here. And I thought we did a very, very good job and we were unlucky not to get a goal or two in the game. Guys came on as we started making changes, and I thought they stepped up to the occasion extremely well, as well. I think that’s showing that we have a good, solid team. That’s a lot of credit to everybody at the club.”
(On what Sounders FC are doing in MLS) “I personally am more excited about what we are doing in the league, and the way that we are being supported for every game. Let’s be honest, America loves an occasion. And there’s no problem to come and support that. And the fans came out and had a great time in today’s game. But what’s so important that I’m so proud of is that it’s every day. It’s everyday in the press. It’s everyday for training. It’s everyday when we come to a home game there’s 30-35 thousand, and the support is tremendous. For me that’s the biggest message that’s sent out from this club. The occasion; great, fantastic. Everyone had a great time. The players responded well and we saw some world all stars in Chelsea, and they played well. But I’m just so proud of everything that the fans have done from every time we step on the field.”
Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg
General Comments: “I think there is a lesson to be learned. There’s a lot of players that have never played a team like Chelsea before. They did very well. They can take that with them. There’s still some things that we can do better, and I think they’ll learn from that… Chelsea finishes their goals. They go 110% and they really concentrate in finishing…Apart from that, I think we showed we play well. Even some of the Chelsea boys told us after the game that we played good football, and they were impressed how we played.”
Midfielder Steve Zakuani
(On what game vs. Chelsea meant to him) “I think it was great. We had 65,000 people there today – made themselves heard – so it was real special. And then, playing some of the best players in the world I think we did pretty well. I don’t think it was a thing where they overran us, we had some good chances and opportunity to put in a score so overall as an event it was great. I think our fans were superb and everything went well.”
(On if he was expecting the Seattle soccer experience when he was drafted) “No, no. I’ve watched the MLS in the past and it’s nothing like what this has been, this has been special. I think on a day like today, open up the stadium and we still fill it up – I don’t think another team could do that. So it speaks volumes for the Seattle fans. They were great again today like I said.”
(On how the Sounders did against Chelsea) “I think we should’ve scored. We had some chances (in the) first half, second half. But at the same time I don’t think that was the best Chelsea (team) out there. They’re still starting preseason so I think that shows how good they are, that they still managed to score two goals. We’re happy with that we competed well and we’ll take that.”
Forward Roger Levesque
(On game vs. Chelsea) “I wish we could’ve gotten a goal – a little better result. But at the same time playing in front of that atmosphere against a team of that quality is a great experience, great experience for us going forward in the rest of the season.”
(On if today could still be a confidence booster) “Absolutely, I think so. You can’t read too much into it. They’re still at the start of their preseason, looking to get fit. At the same time, to go out there and compete… I thought we did alright.”
(On how the team will get motivated after a crowd of at Qwest, for a crowd of 4,000 at Starfire on Tuesday vs. Houston in Open Cup semifinal) “Starfire – that’s motivation enough right there. Completely different feel to it, fans right on top of the field. It’ll probably be just as loud on Tuesday.”
Defender Tyrone Marshall
(On chance to play Chelsea FC) “This type of opportunity is one that you cherish for a long time. Keep a record of this to show your kids or your grandkids when you get old. Tell them, ‘Listen I played in a big game in front of 65,000 fans,’ a great experience. So it’s something the younger boys take away from this learning experience. Know that we played with those boys as well and we gave a good account of ourselves. It’s something we can take as a confidence builder for young players going into our MLS games and our Open Cup game on Tuesday.”
(On if he thought it would be long afternoon after Chelsea’s two goals) “No I never thought it was going to be a long afternoon. The thing with them is they got two chances and they finished them, or three chances and they finished two of the three. They get paid the big bucks and that’s why. We had opportunities to at least get one on the board, I thought. We got a couple clear chances and that’s the difference – they finished their chances and that’s why they’re in the big leagues and we just need to get better. And there you see the difference between the Premier League and where we need to be. We keep working and eventually we get there. If we can put our chances away like they did today and go about our business we should be fine because I thought we played well. We held our own and we got up and down (the pitch) and we put some pressure on them as well. So we can take some positive out of this game.”

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