Made it back to Seattle in one piece. Found some extra quotes in from inbox from a team email, so I’ll add those here and start working on a final postgame post.
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“This was a good game for us, from the standpoint of the atmosphere we played in. Anytime you play in front of a crowd, a gated game, and you have some atmosphere in the game, it is good. From a fitness standpoint, it was good that some of the guys pushed 60 minutes and some other guys pushed to the 70 and 80-minute mark, which we haven’t done this year. From that standpoint, it was good.”
“I thought in the first half, we put together a couple of good combinations. We got caught offside today, and more so in 20 minutes than we have been called offside in the last five games together. Either some of the runs were really off, some of them were really close, you couldn’t really tell. I thought we had a chance to win at the end of the game, Mike Fucito really should’ve pulled the trigger.”
“I thought in the first half we had four or five really good chances. Overall, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on trying to play balls behind the defence. And I think we probably tried to overflow that hand a little bit by trying to do that too much. I think the combination play wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. We got to make sure that we still find the right balance in possession of the ball and get it behind the opposing defence. We just have to become better at our decision making process.”
On Vancouver Whitecaps FC
“Vancouver played well. In comparison to the first time we played them, I thought they were better organized defensively. They were more compact as a group. They probably found a little more of their shape, and I thought their line-up did a pretty good job at the back. At times, it was a staggering game. I thought both teams had the wide players pushed up too high, so it became a 4-2-4 formation. I thought Vancouver did and were on the edge of creating some chances, and I thought their left-back Hirano did very well.”
“It may have not been the best game to watch, but it was a good game for our fitness. I thought Vancouver played quite well. They played very direct and are a physical side, so it hard for us to play against them today. I think they will do very well when they get into MLS next year.”