First off, let’s point out the attendances at the two side-by-side sports events today.
Sounders FC game: 32,405.
Mariners: 29,213 with a gym bag giveaway.
OK here are the quotes.
Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid
“I thought we had enough chances to win the game. We went at them early on. I thought we created a lot of things. Overall I wasn’t displeased. At halftime I told the guys just continue to play the way we’d been playing, we’d been creating chances and to make sure we didn’t get caught on the counter. They had one good chance at the end where they hit the post, I’m not sure if it came of our head or theirs. But outside of that I thought we had more of the game for sure. We were a little surprised to see (Jon) Busch in goal because I thought he was with the national team. I thought (Brad) Evans was with the national team too; I didn’t see him out there today. We’re a little bit surprised at that, how that works. Obviously they got the red card on the foul from behind and I just had the feeling, I told our coaches on the bench, that somewhere, somehow today we’re going to get a red card. It was going to happen.”
On what happened on the Ljungberg red card:
“I’m not going to go into it because I’m going to get into trouble if I go into it…”
On team’s performance against Blanco:
“I thought we did a pretty good job on him today. I thought in Chicago he really had an outstanding game against us and was really dominant. I thought today we really didn’t give him that many good looks. He’s an outstanding player so he’s always going to find two or three or four passes that he can make but I think we really limited him. I didn’t think we gave him a lot of looks forward and a lot of chances to play people in.”
On rules on (Freddie) Ljungberg:
“I know with the red he misses a game for sure.”
On the call that led to the second yellow:
“I thought there were a number of fouls, they committed tactical fouls. When you look at a play where (Peter) Vagenas steals the ball right in front of our box and is starting to break out, and (Chris) Rolfe pulls him back by the shirt. That’s a tactical foul, stopping a counter attack and there’s no yellow card given. That to me makes no sense. It’s obvious to see he realizes his team is going to be short-handed so he’s going to give a foul away, a foul I thought was a card in that particular case. That’s why I get confused sometimes. I thought our guys – (Fredy) Montero and (Freddie) Ljungberg – continued to get fouled, all defenders are the same it’s not going to be any different.”
Nate Jaqua, Seattle forward
On Sounders FC effort against Chicago Fre:
“hey are a good team as well. But I think we played some good soccer and created good chances. From that side of things, I am definitely happy about it. We needed to just be a little sharper in the final third.”
On play of Sounders FC before MLS All-Star break:
“e are a team that got thrown together. Many of these guys have never played together before. From that side of things, I think every game, up to this point, I feel like we have improved. We are understanding each other better. I think we are playing offensively a lot better. I think defensively we have been real good. But, now, we are getting the offensive side of things.”
Steve Zakuani, Seattle midfielder
On match against Chicago Fire:
“We had a chance, several chances. In the second half, Fredy (Montero) hit one off the crossbar. I hit one just over the bar. Nate had a good shot. We had chances after chances. We wanted to win the game but we will take the point. We are still at the top of the West. They are a very good team and we are happy we played well against them.”
On Sounders FC fatigue:
“I think we just did a bad job of finishing. That’s what Sigi says and I agree. We got chances. I don’t think they had many good chances. I think Kasey made a good save. Overall, we had a lot of chances. Fredy came close when he hit the crossbar. There were a few of those and we only needed one to go in. When we keep missing and missing, it becomes more difficult. We will take the point. But, probably should have won this one.”