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April 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Sounders FC 2, Real Salt Lake 2 — Seattle player quotes

Tyrone Marshall – Defender
(Does the finish make this feel like a loss?)
“Yeah, it’s disappointing. 30 seconds left, a minute left in the game. We just need to be a little bit more aggressive in terms of locking up and just closing shop. I thought we did a pretty good job of that last year. We’re three games in but we just need to go back and fine tune a few things. Make sure we do the simple things properly, especially on the road. Especially in a hostile environment like this. We knew they were going to come out and keep pressing and pressing until the game’s over. In that position we just need to latch on and we’re up 2-1 and make sure we get the points. Unfortunate we didn’t do that and we’re stuck now with one point. It feels like a loss, but at the same time too it’s good to get a result and move onto the next goal.”
(Talk about the goal that was originally credited to you, but changed to an own goal?)
“Man, they gave that an own goal? That’s my goal. We got to go back. It’s a good ball in by Freddie, I’m making a hard run at the back post and it was either he (Borchers) heads it it’s and it’s going into to be in the goal and if he misses it’s me too. It’s one of those things I made the hard run. Unfortunately it hit him, it should have hit me, and it went in. It’s one of those things, we’ll take it. At the time it was the go-ahead goal for us, they came back and got the equalizer.”


(Why did you celebrate like you scored?)
“Because you have to man. It’s a goal for us. It doesn’t matter whoever scores it. If he scores it, I score it, the go-ahead goal. And we’re on top at the time. I was pretty excited and happy that I made that run and caused him to make that mistake.”
(Rewarding to convert a set pieces after previous games?)
“It was rewarding. We’ve seen that in the last game, we had 12 corners and a lot of free kicks and I had a chance as well at the back. We worked on it all week in training. It paid dividends this game. Unfortunately we didn’t get the result, but hey, we take the point with a little bitter taste in our mouth and we move on to try to get three points in the next game.”
(Key for the defense against a pressing offense?)
“They were pressing obviously. Being on the road… we wanted to bend but not break. We know what they have, they’re a pretty good team. So we just have to make sure we lock up things and keep organized. Especially on the road. You know that’s going to happen. Just like last week, when New York came to our place. We were on them until minute 90. Unfortunately they (RSL) scored a goal tonight but hopefully we’ll live with the result. We live to fight another day and try to get three points next time.”
Steve Zakuani — Midfielder
On his 11th minute goal:
“It was just a counter-attack; [Fredy] Montero had the ball on the right. I had a lot of space on the left, so I made a run and my first touch was good. I saw [Nick] Rimando coming out so I tried to just slide it past him. He got a bit lucky because he got a touch on it, but the ball went in the goal so I was happy with it.”
On how the locker room feels after the finish:
“It was bad. Obviously it’s bad. We came to within 30 seconds of coming away with three points. I don’t think many teams will come in here and win this season. So it would have been a huge win. It was disappointing, we still have a few things to work on. It feels almost like a loss. Just because we came that close. I think for the effort we gave, and the fight we gave, we worked hard for 90 minutes and we fell asleep twice and we got punished.”
Kasey Keller — Goalkeeper
On the result:
“Anytime you’re winning with 30 seconds left and you concede on a corner, we’re frustrated with that. We figured out that we hadn’t conceded a goal on a corner all of last year and now we’ve conceded in back-to-back games. And that’s a little frustrating. We’re disappointed. Maybe in the run of play we not necessarily should’ve been in the lead but we found ourselves in the lead and it’s about finishing games off and making sure you get those points. And today we weren’t able to do it. Give some credit to Salt Lake. They never quit. They kept fighting. They kept putting us under pressure. They had a bunch of corner kicks in the end, and on the late one they got their reward. So hats off to them, but at the same time we know we should’ve – shoulda coulda woulda – walked out of here with three points. And that’s what’s frustrating.”
What needs to be better on the goals you allowed?
“Defending set pieces, it’s just a one on one battle against a guy you’re marking. You just make sure that he is not going to beat me. And it’s the same when you’re attacking. When you’re attacking set pieces it’s the same thing. I’m going to get ahead of this guy and I’m going to win the ball. I think we’ve been a little bit unfortunate, especially with the last one, not this one so much. Like I said, give some credit. He got up and finished it well. But at the same time, fight, fight, fight. I think we’re fairly happy with 93-and-a-half minutes. We took the lead twice. We held some pressure. We know we can be better. We know we should be better. But at the same time, we found ourselves with the lead in the last seconds of the game. And we need to be better to finish that off.”
On only gaining one point from their last two contests:
“It’s a little frustrating knowing we could be comfortably at seven points right now and be very happy with that position. But we find ourselves at four and there’s a long time to go. We’re still trying to find the way that works best for us and we’ll find it. It’s early in the season. I’m very confident that in the next few weeks things will be clicking.”
Some positives to take home:
“Scoring two goals on the road. We’re always happy with that. I’m not going to guarantee it, but we’re not going to lose many games if we score two goals on the road. So on that side of it, I’m very happy. Steve got off the mark and we got a little fortunate with the own goal, but at the same time I think Tyrone would have tapped it in if Borchers hadn’t been unfortunate enough to knock that in. Good delivery from Freddie and that puts teams under pressure. They also put some great balls in the box, put us under pressure and like I said got their reward twice for putting in good crosses. Good service in the box is going to cause teams loads of trouble. I think this year Man. U. has been a recipient of something like 12 own goals because of the pressure and the quality of ball the put in the box. You can’t discredit that. Both sides found reward for doing that this game. And back to the drawing board on Monday.”

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