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August 5, 2009 at 10:35 PM

The aftermath – FC Barcelona 4, Sounders FC 0

What a performance by the fellas from Barcelona. Not much more I can say.
Couple of notes: Season debuts for Leonardo Gonzalez and Taylor Graham. Sebastien Le Toux said he was feeling tightness in lower abdomen and that’s why he was held out.
Kasey Keller on Thierry Henry: “Just from hearing him, he’d like to finish playing in the States. He’ll have a place in New York his whole life.”
Some postgame quotes:
Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schmid
General Comments: “It was a lesson. They’re a very good team. There’s a value on things and that’s why their players are worth a lot of money. Good example of what we want to get to. In the first half we had three half decent chances. I’m proud of our guys. They hung in there. This is team that doesn’t give up possession and can make you look silly. We battled. Times we could have battled harder, but we have a greater goal. They’re an excellent team and they played an excellent game of futbol.”
On what learn from match: “We can learn a lot of things. Young players and old players learned a lot. The game showed how getting the ball to open players and having four options and finishing out the play. When you compare Spanish Second Division to England or Germany, they are the most technically clean. They don’t make technical errors. We won the ball and there’d be a mis-touch or mis-trap. When you grow up in this country you get away with those mistakes, but not there. Those are things we can lean from. If you’re technically clean on the ball, you have a lot of time to observe the field.”
On team’s performance: “I’m not planning on punishing our players. Tonight for them was a good lesson. We’re realistic. We know where we’re at and we’re an expansion team that’s getting to know each other. Some players stepped up and played well. There were some positive things for us to gain. It’s not punishment it’s learning and continuing to get better because someday they might want to play at that level. Tonight we played the elite of the elite.”
On Lionel Messi: “All I can tell you is that in 2005 when we played the Youth Championships and we beat Argentina 1-0, they didn’t play Messi until the second half and we shut him out. I thanked their coach after the game. I thought he was the best player in the world then and I think he still is the best player in the world. He has the ability to make something out of nothing.”
On game for fans: “It was great. It shows a lot for our city, the city of Seattle. There were some more Barcelona fans than there were Chelsea fans. I hope they don’t walk away disappointed. I hope they realize they got to watch a great team today. I got to watch Real Madrid when I was young and it was something I’ll never forget. Tonight, some kids got to see Messi and Henry. I hope our fans are proud of the Sounders and realize what we’re doing here by bringing teams of that caliber here to play. That’s not something everybody gets to do.”
On being prepared for Barcelona: “In the concept they understood it. Once you’re out there though, you’re like ‘wow.’ When you play a team like that, you want to hold onto the ball. Today, as an example, when you compare their lineup today against the lineup against the Galaxy, today was their full engine.”
On game strategy: “I didn’t want to develop a tactical game plan. We wanted the fans to enjoy Barcelona as they are and enjoy our team as they are. They saw a great game and some great goals and a Sounders team that played hard.”
FC Barcelona Coach Josep Guardiola
On Sounders: “I had seen them a couple of times before and knew they were dynamic and had a strong attack. I knew about the 4-1-3 tactic structure so my tactic was to move them to the middle and take advantage of playing outside. I am very happy with the result.”
On Lionel Messi: “You see him on TV all the time, I see him every day. He is the best in the world not only for his youth, but also for his ability to dominate all aspects of the game.”
On MLS: “I think it’s getting better, year by year. Good players are coming and the organizations are stronger. It’s good. We’re happy to be here. We came last year and this year we came back and we’re happy to play the teams in the United States. There are interesting players that could play in Europe.”
On Qwest Field: “It was amazing. The only problem was the pitch. Yesterday the owner of the Sounders explained to me the support for his team and we saw that tonight. It was a pleasure for us and for the players to play in the marvelous stadium. We also enjoyed the city. It was very nice.”
On Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “He’s a top player. He will adapt and have no problems. The top players adapt in systems. He played good in Italy and I am convinced that he likes this way to play. That is the real reason he decided to join us. The most important thing is that in the next few weeks he’ll be ready to play with us.”
On new players: “We have four new players. The good thing is that they fit well, are disciplined, they practice and play right because they are young. About Jonathan Dos Santos specifically, he is great and has a bright future. I’ve been with him for three weeks and I’m sure he will help a lot.”

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