D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH TOM SOEHN
On Seattle” second goal:
It was disappointing at that point because I thought we adjusted. First half I thought we killed plays off by being too cute in the final third and giving them counterattacks. We adjusted at halftime and I thought the energy and the way we opened up the game was pretty good. We obviously had so many less turnovers [tonight], created a lot more opportunities and giving away the goal on a half chance like that on the near post is deflating.
On the team’s energy:
I don’t think we’ve been lethargic to this point. I think we started out really well. We broke down one time and they punished us. Overall the energy we put in and the effort was phenomenal tonight. I thought the guys battled, guys like Benny [Olsen] and Rodney [Wallace] gave everything they had today. That’s why the result tonight is pretty disappointing.
On the team’s schedule:
Well we created enough opportunities to win the game and that’s what is disappointing. And obviously we’ve had a stretch of a month and a half where we’ve played every three days. It’s a very difficult stretch and we knew it was going to be. We counted on these home games to be crucial and we let one slip today. But we have three more and we have to make sure now that we have a little break, after going to Trinidad [for the Champions League game] we’ll have a little break to get our legs back and actually focus on training because we haven’t been able to do that as well. I think the team’s in dire need of a little break from MLS action and come back a little focused and recharged.
D.C. UNITED FORWARD JAIME MORENO
On the game:
In the end, we got to put our chances away. It’s part of the game and I’m pretty disappointed. They came in to our house and they beat us twice so I think we also have to give them credit for coming here and beating us twice. I think it’s a big lesson for us. At this point we just can’t make mistakes overall from the forwards to the backs. We know that we have so many important games coming up and we can’t afford to lose any more points at home.
On United’s play in the final third:
We weren’t sharp enough, especially myself. I know I didn’t have a pretty good game and you’re going to have those kinds of games sometimes. I always try to maintain my level. Tonight, it wasn’t my night. I tried to do as much as I could for the team, but it didn’t work.
D.C. UNITED MIDFIELDER RODNEY WALLACE
On Seattle getting forward:
They have good players and they were moving off the ball well. I think they had an extra man in the middle so it was a little bit difficult to mark him. But it was unfortunate, that goal.
On his performance:
It’s always good on a personal note anyway, but it’s a team game and it was unlucky to have that end result.
On the play in the final third:
Things just didn’t go our way. I thought we made good opportunities. We made good chances, but we just couldn’t get that last inch to finish.
D.C. UNITED DEFENDER JULIUS JAMES
On Montero’s goal:
[Montero] is heating up. He did really well to get his shot off. I think I angled him pretty well. The only place the ball could go is right up inside there. Unfortunately, it deflected and went up there. Games are defined by one or two plays. I did what I could. It took a deflection and it went straight up in the corner.
On the bad result:
That’s our luck right now. We just need to stick together and grind it out. We had chances to win the game. It’s just our luck. Their luck is the ball deflects and it goes right up in the corner. It’s disappointing.