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September 19, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Recapping Sounders FC 0, Chivas USA 0

The game report is online. See it here.
Six draws at home. They could be losses I suppose.
Just another frustrating result at home and I could hear it in everyone’s voices. Want to clarify one thing: Brad Evans said that maybe he should have gone down earlier when talking about the takedown in the box that wasn’t called late in the game and maybe he would have gotten a PK. He did go on to say that he isn’t one to just go down in the box unless someone is impeding his progress.
At this point it is still very difficult to say which teams will get into the playoffs. I’d put money on Houston, but everything else is up in the air. It’s clear though that a Seattle win today would have really helped its chances, and now Sounders FC has to get it done on the road.
Seattle outshot Chivas USA 12-4. The Sounders also finished with a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks. That’s dominance and a very winnable game.
Eight cards were issued.
The attendance (32,710 in some drizzle) was the largest for a Seattle home MLS match this season. Impressive when you consider the UW game and a Mariners game on the same day, UW game at same time.
Postgame quotes:
Sigi Schmid – Head Coach
General Statement…
“It’s one of those games when you sit there and go, shoot, if we get one we’ll probably get three but it just didn’t seem to go in. I thought Zach (Thornton) made a couple of good saves. The offside call on the one, I’ll have to see the replay. Maybe you guys were at a better angle. I think he called (Steve) Zakuani offside, I don’t know if he was or he wasn’t. So that one was a tough one. There had been a couple of soft penalties that had been called if you’ve watched MLS recently. Was that a penalty on Brad Evans or not, I’m not the one to say. To me key elements sometimes, not that I’m harping on this, there was a ball played into (Fredy) Montero where (Mariano) Trujillo takes him down from behind. If he doesn’t pull him down there, he’s one v. one because he’s got him turned on the trap and that’s just a foul. It’s tough to have offensive soccer if that’s just a foul. But on the same token I think they got back, they got behind the ball. Zach had a good game for them. They got bodies in the box once they lost the player to the red card. I thought we pushed forward, we pushed Montero out to the left to get at their defense that way, bring some height inside with Nate (Jaqua). I thought we were close.”
On not cashing in chances at home:
“It’s frustrating but what are you going to do? Stop creating chances? You don’t want to say stop creating chances and maybe we’ll score then. You say, okay, we’re playing, we’re creating chances, so we’re not scoring so let’s drop that way of playing and go direct, that’s maybe not the answer either. There are times when we are in a decent flow and then somebody mis-traps the ball, somebody misses a pass. Sometimes it’s little things like we had a great one-two opportunity and our player plays the ball to the wrong foot of the player checking back. He plays it to the foot away from the defender, he can play him in on the one-two. Those are things that sometimes the fans and crowd don’t see, they just see the energy of the players. That as a coach is frustrating because you see if we had just hit the pass better, then we’re in. So sometimes you get in a situation where you sacrifice some energy for a little more precision. Or to maybe take out a little precision and get more energy. That’s always a balance. But overall, I can’t go in there and scream at them because they’re creating chances. But for some reason at home right now, maybe we ought to check the goals. Maybe there’s some cellophane around the goals that we haven’t seen there.”
Did you like what you got from the look of your lineup?
“Yeah, I thought it was okay. I thought in the first half we didn’t get at their outside backs enough. I think we went a little bit too centrally and (Jonathan) Bornstein in the middle had decent speed. They were looking to gain some of that. I thought in the second half once we went at their outside backs more, I think we created even more opportunities. But even in the first half we had some opportunities. It’s not much different than how we played in the Open Cup where we played (Fredy) Montero and (Freddie) Ljungberg up top as well when Nate (Jaqua) was out injured. That’s something that we’re looking at, experimenting with. How do we just find that little bit extra that will take chances at the goal.”
On three more road games coming up
“We’d always rather play at home, believe me. I’d rather play at home but we’re going to go get the points on the road. The points are out there, so we’ve got to take the points wherever they are. We don’t want to be coming back here for the last game of the season in a must-win situation to get into the playoffs. If it ends up that way, it ends up that way and we’ll win that game. But our object is to take care of things on the road.”
Freddie Ljungberg – Sounders FC Midfielder
On scoring chances
“I think we created three or four that were very clear chances that you usually score on. That goalie [Zach Thornton] made some amazing saves. It was not that our finishes were poor. That keeper just made some amazing saves. But, in a normal game, I think that’s too many clear-cut chances. You have to score on one of them.”
Fredy Montero – Sounders FC Forward
On Sounders FC at home:
“In the beginning of the season, maybe the other teams didn’t know about us. But as the season progressed, they started to get more information about us and play stronger and harder.”
On scoring goals:
“The team is playing harder, creating the opportunities, creating the situations. Unfortunately, today was not the day.”
On foul suffered in second half: “It was more like a surprise. It was a clinched ball. And when I realized what was going on I already felt the boot on my face. And it hurt… In this game, it was definitely the hardest foul. In other situations, like set pieces, you have the opportunity to protect your face. But, in this one, I really didn’t have any opportunity and it just came like that.”

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