A treat for you for hanging in there with me tonight: The Cup, resting in the visitors locker room after being passed around and hoisted for a while.
Great games for Sebastien Le Toux, Kasey Keller. This was one of the best games Seattle has played all season, all games included. Strong on defense, created chances and cashed in on offense. And good goalkeeping. To me, this Cup makes the season a success, playoffs or not. It is something tangible for winning a major competition.
Solid performances by Tyson Wahl and Patrick Ianni, the replacements for Hurtado and Marshall at center back. I thought Leo Gonzalez was also very sound once again.
Give Sigi Schmid credit for shaking things up a bit and letting Le Toux and Levesque get out there and make magic.
Josh Wicks, and for once not a Seattle player, was the subject of someone who lost his composure. The game was well-officiated.
People, let’s face it…this could be the only tournament or trophy a Seattle sports franchise wins this year. Just something for the soccer-degraders to think about.
Now to the postgame quotes.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH TOM SOEHN
On the game:
First I want to congratulate Seattle. I thought they came in here and tried to play it, took the game to us as much as we tried to take it to them so I commend them for that. On our side I was disappointed with how we started the game. I thought we had a pretty offensive lineup and we didn’t take care of the ball well, we kept turning it over and causing major counterattacks. To his credit, Josh [Wicks] kept us in there and then makes a mistake that cost us in the end.
On the red card:
I didn’t see it, I’ll have to wait and see it on the replay but some of the guys said that they saw it. Whatever, the players don’t come before the team, he has got to be smarter than that. Anytime you’re shorthanded you’re not setting yourself up to be successful.
Fred’s put in a lot of minutes and I think it affected him today. He wasn’t very good with the ball, he had a lot of turnovers and when you have fresh bodies like Santino [Quaranta] on the bench we felt it was important to energize the game. And I think Santino did that when he came in and actually when we got that goal I thought we were getting the momentum our way. So it’s discouraging to get the goal and I still feel like if we would have had eleven men on the field we could have impacted that game better.
On whether the team can now move on after all the hype:
We have to. That’s the reality this, we have a game in a few days so it hurts right now and our locker room is a somber place. It’s going to hurt tomorrow as well.
D.C. UNITED MIDFIELDER CHRIS PONTIUS
On D.C.’s goal:
I knew we were going to get one, I knew we were going to get one. It was unfortunate that they got their second goal, but that happens when you’re pressuring that high up. I even thought we were going to get a second [goal], you know? We were in their box, we were putting them on their heels and we didn’t do that enough in the first half, or until after they got their first goal. Then we started doing it.
On the game:
Let’s just say we gave up a lot of opportunities. Wicks came up with some big saves in the first half, kept us in it, and in the second half we kept giving up those opportunities, and they put them away. Eventually going a man down, I even thought we played better a man down, just with more urgency. That’s how we needed to be all game. It’s a blow to the guy, I really wanted to get my first hardware for D.C. United, my first Cup. But there’s nothing we can do about this game.
D.C. UNITED MIDFIELDER BEN OLSEN
On the red card:
We have to stay focused and be composed after goals happen. But that wasn’t the story of the game I don’t think. I think we were under the gun a lot and I give them a lot of credit, they’ve got some pretty talented guys, pretty dynamic players up top and it’s a long night if you’re going to try to play even number. Against a team like that we have got to be pretty prefect in that type of situation. Give them a little credit, congratulations Seattle. But on the day we had some good stuff too. If some balls bounce our way, maybe we sneak a goal and things change. I don’t think it was a terrible performance from us, I thought there was some good stuff. It just wasn’t our night.
On whether it’s hard to bounce back from this loss:
I think it would be if the situation was different. We don’t have much of a choice. We can cry in our beers, as they say, tonight and tomorrow morning get refocused and get moving again and go to Dallas [on Saturday] because we don’t have a choice, we have to move on and maybe we can use this disappointment to try to get to another final in the League.
D.C. UNITED GOALKEEPER JOSH WICKS
On his red card
It was a mistake on my part and I’ve got to learn my lesson. The fourth official made a call and the ref made the final decision. That was it. I’ve got no excuses for it. Tremendously, very, very disappointing.