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April 4, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Sounders FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls, player quotes

Kasey Keller – Goalkeeper
(General…) “I’m extremely disappointed obviously. I think there were a lot of chances for both teams. A credit to both teams they kept going forward, trying to make the game exciting. Like I said, we had our chances to level it up and get back in the lead and we just couldn’t take advantage of it. It’s frustrating, we’re all extremely frustrated but I don’t think you can fault the guys’ effort. Everyone worked extremely hard and it’s a frustrating day. It will challenge us to get better and make sure that we can get those goals. I’m looking forward to the next week or two of training, and we’ll up that intensity and make sure that we make it happen.”
(On if NY was a lot better team than last year…) “It’s night and day between that team and last year. The way they’re organized, the way they’re fighting for one another and the way they worked out. Kandji and Juan Pablo up front were a handful. I think they got tired there at the end but for 70 minutes they were amazing, the way they worked on both sides of the ball. It is a very well organized team. But on another day, we score three goals and maybe they score three goals. It’s very frustrating but at the same time it’s the second game, no panic stations. We’ll make it happen.”

(On NY’s goal…) “We just didn’t clear a ball. They were whipping some good balls in the box and we didn’t quite clear it. He turned extremely well and I don’t know if it took a deflection or not but it ended up flying off the underside of the crossbar. It was a very opportunistic goal. A good goal all the same.
Pat Noonan – Forward
(On playing for Sounders FC for first time . . .) “It was good to get the minutes in. It was disappointing that you come out with a loss but a lot of good possessions and some good chances but just couldn’t convert.”
(On connecting with new teammates . . .) “It’s a learning experience. Before the game, I was kind of asking around, seeing that there was going to be some movements and adjustments. Freddie [Ljungberg] likes to hop out wide so just trying to get into that rhythm of finding holes and getting out of the way when Freddie comes out wide or whatever it might be. You try to go out there and try to be creative and I was trying to get some crosses in, maybe get some chances, and get some shots on goal or something.”
(On his header late in game . . .) “Poor header. I got caught in the middle of maybe flicking it on because I was kind of deep and then maybe try to catch the goalie out and get one near post. Just a bad header.”
Steve Zakuani – Midfielder
(On not finishing on goal . . .) “I think you saw last week that once you score one it is easy to get a second one. I think some of them were good saves by the keeper and some of them we have to go back to training and execute better. We created some very good chances. That’s a good sign. I think we played better this week than we did last week actually and against a better team. But they got one goal from the one clear chance and after that I think it was one-way traffic but we couldn’t manage to score.”
(On Red Bulls defensive strategy . . .) “They have got a lot of speed obviously and they kind of sat back there and once we lost the ball they would kind of counter us. That was their one tactic. But I think we came in here at halftime and said let’s just possess the ball a little bit better. We did that in the second half. I don’t think they had many chances. I think we could have scored three or four on another good night. It just wasn’t to be. So I think we played our game.”
(On being concerned over loss . . .) “No, second game of the season. We knew we wouldn’t go undefeated. We were going to lose a game at some stage and we have lost now. It definitely hurts. We are definitely going to go home to think about this, losing at home in front of those fans is never good. Had we performed poorly and been outplayed by New York, we would be concerned. We just know if we had put one away it would maybe be a different story.”
Brad Evans – Midfielder
(On best practices to score goals…) “It comes from both ends. It could be better service and it also could be better runs. And also we have so many set pieces that we vary it a little bit. Instead of swinging it every single time, maybe we try playing short a little bit more and see what happens. We can always work on those things in practice. I guess it’s just a concentration thing.”
(On this year’s New York team compared to last year’s…) “Much more organized. But still, 17 shots, it’s one of those where we should have had three points, at least a point. This will probably be one of those where you work back and say ‘should’ve had that one’. But definitely a way better side for sure, improved.”
(On getting fouled more than the average team…) “For me it doesn’t really bother me. It’s going to happen anytime you have really good players. We used it to our advantage though. We got a number of set pieces off of it. A couple times I thought he could’ve let it play because we were in advanced position. It’s his decision overall. The best we can do is draw fouls and get some chances off of set pieces, bottom line. If they’re going to foul you’re going to fall down every once in a while. It’s just a matter of finishing our chances.


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