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September 19, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Postgame quotes, Chivas USA (Preki credits crowd)

Preki- Head Coach
On getting a good result in his team’s goal to make the playoffs:
“We knew it was going to be a tough game here. We knew that they were desperate for points like we are. We knew defensively we had to be very strong and not allow them to get behind us. I thought we worked really hard and Zach [Thornton] made a couple saves for us and we got the point.”
On changing the game-plan at halftime:
“Yeah, we thought it was a hard fought game on both sides and Seattle had a bit more going forward. Seattle had the home crowd going for them and we had to be sure play solid defense and not give too much away. There were a couple of moments we broke down and Zach came up big for us. Given all the facts I don’t think they did too much, it was more about the crowd. They only had one or two chances all game.”
On building from this game:
“Of course, every game we have shuffled the lineup because injuries, penalties, suspensions and we have to stop that. We have to stick to the game plan.”
On feeling fortunate to play a man down and still hold onto for the tie:
“I don’t feel fortunate. I feel that the group showed a lot of character and strong mentality working for each other. It was really good to see.”
On the ejection being warranted:
“Absolutely not from what I saw. You have to ask for the guy on the middle. From what I saw he could have easily given a red card to Nate Jaqua. What is the difference I don’t see? I wish we didn’t see any cards and just played the game.”
Zach Thornton-Goalkeeper
On playing in this type of environment here in Seattle:
“We knew coming into this game this is a tough place to play. It’s a great environment for soccer, but we knew what type of game going in.”
On taking a step up when his team went a man down during the match:
“We knew they were going to come at us. A man up or a man down we knew they were going to be a tough finish. It didn’t help but we had a strong mentality and held on.”
On the emotions of the game being such that both teams are in a playoff race:
“Yeah, we are tight in points with them and we have six games left. Both teams are trying to position themselves for the playoffs.”
On Seattle offense making him come up with multiple saves to save the game:
“They are good, Fredy Montero is a good player and they show up in different places and quality passing. They have five guys who are dangerous players and tough with the ball. We knew we had to defend and play smart.

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