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August 6, 2009 at 10:54 AM

More from FCB-Sounders FC…Barca players gracious in victory

If you missed the game report I wrote, here it is..
Also see Jerry Brewer’s column and Josh Mayers’ game notebook. And sketch artist Gabriel Campanario’s depictions. Yeah, we were all over it last night.
Here’s more postgame quotes:
Nate Jaqua
On impressions of FC Barcelona: “They’re a great team, the way they move, their knowledge of the game. It was fun playing against them. We had some chances to score and it would have been nice to put one in the back of the net, but it was a good experience to play a team like that.”
On his scoring chance early in the match: “I just didn’t get a good hold of it. I probably should have taken another touch and maybe slid it to someone who had a better chance on goal. It was a little early on there and it kind of snuck up on me. We still had a couple other ones, Freddie (Ljungberg) had a good chance. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t have at least put one in the back of the net.”
On what makes Barcelona so good: “They are an amazing team. In general, just their movement. They always have two or three options available at all times. They play a very simple game and it makes it easy on themselves. And then you also have some players that have tremendous ability like (Lionel) Messi who scored two goals.”
Kasey Keller
On Lionel Messi: “At this moment in time, if you threw a blanket over the top players in the world he would be under it. And he’s still, what, 22, 23? It’s scary. And he’s a good kid too. I’ve been fortunate enough to hang out with him a couple different times. He’s just a good guy and there’s no reason why in the next 10 years he can’t basically be the pinnacle.”
On thoughts on timing of tonight’s match and playing the first half: “I think it’s okay. In a normal week after the bad game over the weekend we would have had a couple hard training sessions and maybe had today off. The emotional high coming from this game and then going to Salt Lake is what I’m more worried about. For the club, and the city and the players, you don’t pass up these games. It doesn’t matter what the timing is, when you’re given the opportunity. What I’m really hoping for is that in 20 years time, we’ll be so big that these games will be like, hey no, it’s in the middle of our season and it will be a distraction from what the goal is and that’s to win the league. But we’ve got a ways to go. But I’m just so proud of the city, the club and everything they’ve done to put on a game like this.”
On Barcelona’s attack: “You have probably the best attacking player in the world the last six to seven years in Henry and then the future best attacking player in the world on the other side in Messi. Not to mention, the rest of the cast isn’t too bad either. And the movement off the ball and the first touch. It was an absolute lesson and hopefully a pleasure for the fans to see how the best team in the world plays.”
Freddie Ljungberg
On FC Barcelona and game in general: “They have great technical ability and they keep the ball really well. It was just great for the fans to come and see the game, and enjoy it.”
On whether Lionel Messi is the best player in the world right now: “Yeah, I think he is. He’s so quick and just a brilliant player.”
Thierry Henry
On his experience in Seattle and the atmosphere at Qwest Field: “It was amazing. It really reminded me of a crowd in Europe, they were all cheering the Sounders and rightly so. It was tremendous and a great atmosphere, they made it really difficult for us in the first half. They had a go at us and they nearly scored two goals, and we scored two goals. We are working hard this preseason, playing two games each day. It isn’t easy but we had a good game.”
On experiencing a crowd like the one tonight over here in the U.S.: “The Seattle fans were happy to see us, but they were supporting their team. That is what you do when you support your team, and it was nice to see.”
On comparing the level of play of the Sounders to that of other MLS teams: “The guys were saying here the fans were supporting their team. When we played in the Rose Bowl, everybody came to see Barcelona. The fans came here to see Barcelona too, but support their team at the same time.”
On playing against Freddie Ljungberg: “It was a quick one, he only played 45 minutes and I only played 45 minutes. It was kind of weird to be on opposite sides, we played together for eight years. I saw him before in the hotel. It was good to see him.”
Jonathan Dos Santos
On the atmosphere at Qwest Field tonight: “It is marvelous to play in a stadium like this. It is also great to play with world-wide players such as [Lionel] Messi and other guys on the Barcelona team.”
On the competition level against the Seattle Sounders: “Good. The Sounders played a very good game and their competitiveness was really good. They were pressing us in their offense. They have very good players such as [Freddie] Ljungberg who is driving the team and is a very good player.”
Adriano Henrique
On his reaction to the game: “We played well and did some good passes with the ball. The were able to defend us very well, but we were still able to get good pressure and score some goals.”
On coming over to the U.S. and the atmosphere at tonight’s game: “This is the second time I have been over here and I’m very happy to be back. We’re very happy about the fans because they were very loud and cheer the teams, which motivated to play really well.”
Gerard Pique
On the play of Barcelona tonight: “I think we played good, the Sounders are a very good team. I think the thing is continue with the competition against good teams and get better everyday.”

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