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March 25, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Union coach Peter Nowak blasts Ljungberg (Philly quotes)

Head Coach Peter Nowak
(On his thoughts on the game tonight…) “I think the goals we needed to do better, specifically on the first one. We have to cover much better the runs coming from the second lines. We had a good ten minutes and the goal comes unexpected from someone we didn’t cover. The second goal was a by-print of the red card. Toni Stahl was supposed to cover [Fredy] Montero; we knew he was going to be on the back post. Even with a man down, the stadium with 40,000 people was pretty quiet in the second half. I believe even with ten men we gave good effort and substituted guys in to score a goal. We didn’t sit back, we pushed forward. This is the first game and the first step. From the other standpoint we got to see all this flopping and diving and when you see the stats we have eight fouls and six cards that is too much. There is guys rolling around on the pitch like they got shot. I think we need to recognize there are guys doing this stuff and trying to take advantage of the referee decisions. I expect someone like Freddie Ljungberg who has scored so many goals and played hundreds of games with the national team and won so many trophies would be more honest than he is. He is complaining and whining about missing a goal and trying to push the referee for a yellow card is not up to his standards. I believe and we both played the game and I believe when you play the game you not only try to win but try to be honest with your effort. I think it is below his standards. That is just my opinion. I’m just looking forward to my team and the youngsters we played tonight there was a lot of good effort. Overall, you can’t take away anything from these guys. If you look around we have to take everything into account, with the red card and still able to play our game in the second half.”

Jack McInerney-Midfielder
(On getting out on the field and playing in the first game…) “It was good, it was a great atmosphere, and unfortunately we couldn’t a result we wanted. It was a good start.”
(On being certain of seeing playing time tonight…) “I wasn’t sure but I prepared if I was going to go in and I just got the call. I tried to make the most of my opportunity.”
(On coming up short in the team’s first game…) “It is not tough, we came out here and played our hardest in probably the toughest environment in the league. It wasn’t a good result for us but we will learn from it.”
Danny Mwanga- Midfielder
(On being pleased with his play for the game…) “Yeah, at first I was expecting to be a little nervous, but I was trying to limit my mistakes. I think I did ok, not the greatest but good.”
(On the post game speech by Head Coach Peter Nowak to the team…) “It was a tough loss, we got a red card in the first half. We have a lot of work to do in front of us, this was the first game. We need to keep focusing and working hard and come together as a team.”
(On the team dealing with being a man down…) “It was hard and we had to stay together and focus. It was hard being away from home, so we tried to stick together and battle hard. I’m really proud of my team.”
(On the starting lineup being a secret leading up to the game…) “I’m a defensive player and where ever the coach needs me is where I’m going to play. I found out today during lunch is where I found out I was starting.”
Chris Seitz- Goalkeeper
(On the physical nature of the match tonight…) “I think we came out and told ourselves we are going to be hard to beat. The first fifteen, twenty minutes we controlled the game just like we wanted. We came into halftime a man down and we went back on out there and played hard and didn’t give up a goal. We did as well as we could with a man down.”
(On areas the team needs to improve for the next game…) “We are one game in and our not going to panic. We have been working hard all preseason and will continue to work hard and get better in all aspects.”
(On dealing with environment at Qwest Field…) “Yeah, once we went a man down we were not going to attack as much. To our credit we held them to only a few chances with a man down. We had a chance or two we could have taken and possibly won the game.”
(On playing against Kasey Keller…) “He is a great player and has had a great career with the national team and now with the club level. He helps out their team and he had a great year last year.”
(On coming into the game wanting to set a physical presence…) “No, I don’t think you ever want to go into a game, wanting to give up a free kick 18 yards out in the first minute. I think we came into the game with a mindset of we’re going to be tough and give everything we have. I think we did well and the ref’s blew his whistle pretty quickly.”
Danny Califf- Defender
(On the lessons his team can take away from this game…) “I think in the first half we were to light and weren’t getting stuck into tackles and getting back quick enough. It tightened up after the first twenty minutes, but after you get a guy kicked off the field then all bets are off.”
(On the team being physical throughout the game…) “No, in the first half there was three yellows and a red. I’m just shocked. We have guys getting mauled from behind and not getting a card, it’s frustrating. It is something we have to learn from and take with us into the next game. We have a couple of weeks to get better before our home game.”
Sebastien Le Toux- Forward
(On coming back to Seattle and playing against his former teammates…) “I’m disappointed to come back and lose. It was a nice stadium and to play the first game of the season. I hope to be better on out.”
(On playing as a striker this season…) “Yes of course, it is the right position, because of tonight I had to play back because we were a man down.”
(On the younger players being nervous before the game…) “No not really. It is a big stadium with a full crowd and we are new expansion team, so it was a learning experience. It was something new and everyone learned a lot tonight and it will help us as we move forward this season.”


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