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October 29, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Sounders FC postgame quotes, 10-29-09

I should mention great game for both keepers. Keller did his part to keep Seattle in the game with four saves. Onstad, despite the shoulder block, made key stops to.
Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid
On Pat Onstad yellow card: “I haven’t seen the replay. You’d have to ask Salazar. I’m confused. A lot of calls I was confused about. In on a breakaway, calls a foul, and calls the ball back and doesn’t card the guy. It’s confusing.”
On scoring opportunities: “We hit the crossbar on the header. We had lots of balls that were close. Home or away, we’re going to the get same opportunities. They’re a good team. They’re going to battle and fight. I feel confident we can do the job in Houston as well.”
On Nate Jaqua: “Nate seems to get wrapped up every time we play them. As I said, it’s part of it. I asked the referee if this is how the playoff games will be done. He had no answer.”
On preference in other semifinal series winner: “They’ll battle each other. Only advantage for us is if Chivas wins and we beat Houston, we get them at home. Other than that, there’s no difference. But before that we need to take care of business in Houston.”
On Fredy Montero: “Fredy was sick on Tuesday. He trained Wednesday, but was still feeling the after effects. I said give me as many minutes as you can. In the second half I could see he was making the effort, but I saw him start to drag, so thought best to get fresh legs in.”
On fouls: “We got three yellows, they got three yellows. They committed 18 fouls. We committed six. They’re a strong team and they’re a team that has been in a lot of battles. For sure when you go to Central America and play CONFACAF games they get chippy, so they’re used to that and some of our guys aren’t aware of it. I don’t want to make that the theme. We had some good changes. Needed to play the ball quicker and see it sooner. We had some opportunities. As long as we get some of those opportunities there, it doesn’t matter if the game’s physical, we’ll be ok.”
On set plays: “Set plays are always important, especially as teams are more equal. They’re a good set team because they have good height and they get good service. I thought we were dangerous in our set pieces today as well. I would like to see the game flow a little more if we can.”
On breaking Houston defense: “They were tight and pressured us. Maybe we need to get into the spaces behind. Roger got in behind them three or four times and that’s where the space is. If we can put the ball behind them, it creates problems.”
On rivalry: “It’s a good competition, a good rivalry. They’ve been a dominant team in the past three or four years, longer if you think of San Jose. We’re the new kids and are trying to have people take notice of us. They don’t want to give away any of their prestige and we’re trying to take some of it.”
On looking forward: “You always want to win at home. Don’t look at it as a missed opportunity. We played the first half of this series and didn’t get a goal. We have to get a goal in the second half of the series now.”
Freddie Ljungberg – Midfielder
On corner kicks: “It would have been nice if we scored on some of them. I think today we had two that hit the bar or something and the goalie saved a couple. But of course it would have been nice if they would have gone in. At the same time we are hitting the right areas of the corners and hopefully we will get a break and score three or something in the same game.”
On referee: “Someone asked me before if I think it should be this rough in a playoff game. I think it’s still soccer. At the same time, I can’t say too much because I need to play the last couple of games. I don’t want to get suspended for saying anything but they didn’t use the whistle all that much all the game. And then on the one against Nate [Jaqua] all of sudden they blow the whistle. We just play to get on with it. But at the same time, even in the playoffs, there needs to be a level of when you are going to blow the whistle so that it can be entertaining for the fans.”
Nate Jaqua – Forward
On physicality of match: “It was a real physical game. It was a battle back and forth. Both teams were trying not to give up anything, kind of feeling each other out a little bit. We had a few chances that we could’ve put away. But we have been good on the road. We are confident going down to Houston and getting a win down there.”
On head injury: “A ball got up in the air and he [Ricardo Clark] went with his foot and I went with my head and just got there a second beforehand. I think he [Clark] got up kind of early and didn’t see me coming so I don’t think it was malicious on his part by any means, just got me a little bit. […] It just kept bleeding. They put a little band aid on it but I had a header and knocked it off, started pouring blood again. So [the bandage] is kind of better because it kept the swelling out and pulled it back so that I could see.”
On match: “It’s what I expect especially against a team like Houston. They have been good in the playoffs for the past few years because of the fact they’re physical. Everyone fights and everyone battles. I think we did that as well today. It’s something we are going to have to do when we go down there, fight for every inch, fight for every ball, fight for all of the second balls and that’s what the playoffs is about.”
On rivalry with Houston: “I think it’s a great rivalry. We have had some good games with them. I enjoy that type of physicality and the battling back and forth and fighting for every ball. I think that’s fun. I think we had some good moments too. I thought we could’ve been a little better with the ball in the first half. But we are confident. I thought we played well when we were in Houston last time. It was a 1-1 tie but we had some good chances and we moved the ball well. We are not scared to go in there and play.”

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