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April 4, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Sounders FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls, Sigi Schmid quotes

(Opening statement…) “It’s the beauty of the game for the fans that statistically sometimes you can dominate the game and you come out with nothing at the end of the day that’s the way soccer is more so than any other sport. For sure I thought we had some good opportunities. Coundoul came up with a couple of big saves, the one on Zakuani and the one that he went up to his left. Ljungberg had a good opportunity with the header. We had a ton of corners, we had a ton of free kicks, we need to be more effective on those things so that’s something we’ve got to make sure we go to the training ground and make sure we become more effective on that. I’m not displeased with our effort, I’m not displeased with our ability to get forward but I am displeased with our ability to finish.”
(On whether this was a better New York team than last year…) “For sure. Like I said in the week, they are a much better organized NY team defensively. They’re more disciplined. Lindpere gives them some bit in midfield. You look at the foul totals and obviously they were a lot more aggressive than we were in that regard and that slows it down. Some of those are tactical fouls to basically stop you from countering on them too quickly, get the attack going. Overall I thought we got into the final third, even though defensively they were better, I thought we got there.”

(On Noonan…) “He’s been with us a short period of time but he crossed the ball to Ljungberg’s head, he was the one who served that ball in. And on the right side on a little combination, had a shot blocked. From that standpoint, with the little bit of time he was with us, he’s helped us.”
(On start…) “I thought we started flat maybe the first five, and then we came and got a couple counters on them. Zakuani broke in on the left hand side and we were right around it after that, but we didn’t start well again that first five.”
(On physical play…) “That’s really a question more for the referee. I think in the NBA you foul out when you have six fouls. I see on the stats sheet someone has six fouls. But you don’t foul out here. But it’s something that we just have to deal with and adjust. Sometimes we draw fouls because maybe we hold the ball an extra touch, and we need to lay the ball off sooner. Sometimes teams are taking us physical and the protection isn’t there, I think that’s important whoever is officiating the game has to see it and read it. does he think it’s tactical, that’s his judgement.”
(On shots…) “I thought a lot of attempts like Zakuani’s coming inside was a good attempt, he made a good save. The one where Montero turned and hit it I thought he had Noonan open on the flank and should have maybe laid that ball off. That’s the thing in maybe laying the ball a little sooner. But overall it was one of the those days, if one goes in, one or two will go in, but we needed one to go in first.”
(On free kicks…) “We’re going to work on it.”
(On NY’s goal…) “It was a corner kick and Leo Gonzalez got turned around in there and couldn’t get a good clearance on hit. The ball just fell to Kandji and turned and hit it on goal. He got it up, usually expect a guy to drive it. Kasey was down a little bit and he got it up and came up on the other side of the crossbar. Obviously we have to do a better job clearing the first ball.”
(On finishing…) “Disappointed that we weren’t able to get one. We did enough work to make that happen. When we went to three in the back, we actually had less of the ball. Sometimes it might have been better to stay with the four because we were applying a lot of pressure. Guys were pushing up out of that. You’ve got to roll the dice sometimes.


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