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November 8, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Sounders FC postgame quotes, 11-8-09

Thanks to Dynamo staff. Two things…please post any comments or email me with what the scene at the airport was like, for those of you who go tonight. You can email me photos if you want that I can post.
Second thing, expansion draft is right after MLS Cup, I think the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or around there. Seattle can protect 11 plus Freddie Ljungberg as designated player. I would imagine we’ll know who will be protected right before the expansion draft.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID
On the game …
“It was a hard-fought game. It was a physical game. They had some good chances. They created some good things, and we dodged some bullets. I thought we had some good chances as well and missed them. At the end, a little bit of a mistake in the back, and Brian Ching buried a good goal. There’s not much that separates these two teams.”
On Ching’s goal …
“Roger [Levesque]’s just got to flick the ball on. The ball’s bouncing, and instead of flicking it on and heading it over Mullan, he ends up turning and he hits the ball into Mullan, and he sort of blocks it, and it falls to Ching, and he hits a good first-time shot.”
On the possession battle …
“I don’t think we played particularly well this game. Houston did a good job of winning the duels in the middle of the midfield. Any one-on-one headers, they won the majority of that. Those are like face-offs in hockey, so they got more possession all the time and that hurt us a little bit. We were probably a little too direct at the beginning of the game, and once we settled and played a little bit more, I thought we played a little bit better. I thought it was going to head to penalties the way it was going, but obviously it didn’t.”
On the break between games …
“I thought it was too long in between games, personally. They were maybe a little more banged up than we were, so it helped them get healthier, but it is what it is, so we just have to deal with it.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS GOALKEEPER KASEY KELLER
On the game …
“It was a tough game. Not an easy surface to play on, so it didn’t account for a real pretty game. Everybody was just waiting for that one mistake or that one piece of magic, and it came from Brian. It was a tremendous finish, and we just couldn’t get it in at the other end. We knocked on the door a few times, but we just couldn’t quite sustain enough pressure. Overall, it could’ve gone either way. It didn’t go our way, and it’s always tough, and the playoffs are the playoffs.”
On Seattle’s inaugural season …
“We’re pretty happy. It’s not real easy right now, because we felt we could’ve won the whole thing. But at the same time, we won the Open Cup, we attributed ourselves really well. The city was phenomenally behind us, and now we have to take the pill of not winning this tie and go out and spend the offseason thinking how we’re going to make it better.”
On elimination …
“You lose in the playoffs and there’s no tomorrow, and unfortunately there’s no tomorrow for us. But all credit to Houston, they kept battling, and Brian scored one of the best goals he’s ever scored… It bounced kindly for him, Brian turned inside of it and put it right in the upper corner. You couldn’t have asked for a better place for it. You’ve got to give Brian a ton of credit. It was a fantastic finish and a goal worthy of winning any game.”

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