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September 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Sounders FC vs. Revs postgame quotes, part 2

Sounders FC’s take…btw no practice today. Tuesday and Wednesday practice, then back on the road to Columbus Thursday.
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid
On the penalty:
“If the referee blows the whistle, it’s a penalty. Doesn’t matter whether it is one or not – he blew the whistle.”
On the momentum shift after Steve Ralston came off the field:
“I thought (Kheli) Dube came in and gave them a little bit of life. It’s a situation where they’re desperate, they’re at home, they pushed the tempo of the game. Getting the penalty kick early in the second half was certainly a shot of adrenaline for them and we made a mistake at the end of the game. We got caught ball-watching and that’s unforgiveable.”
On the space the Revolution was finding in the second half:
“I’m disappointed with not marking up on Shalrie Joseph either and it was something you could see coming. We know the guys are going to head the ball in, and you’ve got to mark sure you mark up on those guys. We fell asleep.”
On the last 15 minutes of the game:
“I thought from about the 70th minute on, we were starting to get a hold of the game again and I thought we would catch one at the other end of the field. But, obviously, we made a mistake to lose it.”
On what changed after the quick start:
“Nothing really. Obviously what changed was New England’s mentality. They became a lot more energetic, a lot more desperate in their work. They were very aggressive; they were very tight to our players. A lot of 50-50 balls were falling their way. We weren’t getting any calls, as well, but give credit it to them, because they were very aggressive in their marking and as a result, they started to turn the tide of the game.”
On the team’s performance:
“I wasn’t disappointed with our aggressiveness. I thought we were defensively as well. New England scored a PK and Shalrie Joseph scored a header. I mean outside of that, I don’t think (Kasey) Keller had a whole lot to do. Most of the shots they had were from outside and distance. I think they had an open look in the first half where somebody was open, had an open header in the box, and I think they had a good shot coming through in the second half, but we had some opportunities where we were close. Our thing is that we still have to be better at pulling the trigger in the box. We still seem to want to have five yards of space before we want to shoot and we’ve got to be able to shoot with guys draped on us.”
On Fredy Montero’s goal:
“It was a great goal. It was a wonderful strike and probably goal of the week – and should be one of the goals considered for goal of the season. But it was a great strike.”
Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller
On the second Revolution goal:
“The second goal we just lost concentration. I mean, you’re marking one of the hardest guys on the field and he just ends up being wide open from 10, 12 yards out for a simple header, which just shouldn’t happen in the 86th minute… If he had kind of rose above somebody and slammed it, fine. But to be wide open in that spot at that time or at any time of the game, especially Shalrie (Joseph)…If it was maybe an outside back that somebody didn’t mark – but at that point he was actually playing striker, so it wasn’t even a case where the midfielder didn’t run with him. It was just a mis-concentration and problem and something that just shouldn’t happen.”
Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero
On his 12th minute goal:
Through a team interpreter: “It was different feeling because it was a long shot – a long distance – and I was not expecting it to go in. But it was amazing the way the ball kind of curled in the air and it went in.”

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