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May 2, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Sounders FC 1, Columbus Crew 1 — postgame Seattle quotes

Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach
(Opening statement…) “We obviously wanted to play more offensive, we’ve been working on that. We wanted to do a better job possessing the ball, creating opportunities again because in Toronto we did a little better with that but we wanted to grow. I thought the 4-3-3 suited us well. I thought we created a number of chances. We fell asleep right before the end of the first half and gave away a goal that we shouldn’t give away. Those things are starting to become very bothersome and something that we have to address. Overall I thought when I looked at the majority of the game I was very proud of how our team played, the effort we put in I thought was very good. We created and if we continue to play along that vein, I think luck will return to us.”
(On whether it was one of the better efforts this season…) “Yeah, I thought it was one of our more complete efforts of the season, for sure. From that standpoint I thought it was solid. But again, it was elementary mistakes on the goal. (Steven) Lenhart’s their best header of the ball and to have him to be unmarked in the box is criminal.”
(On early goal…) “It was a good goal by Zakuani and then we had the other chances, we were sniffing around the box. Evans with the near post run, Montero had some good looks. One later in the game when he gets the right-footed shot. You expect him to do better with that. Yeah, you’re hoping that this is the game it happens for you. Obviously I’d like to get more than one.”

(On defensive breakdown and Alonso…) “You talk about it all the time, when a team is going to cross the ball, the grass isn’t going to score on you, the opponent is. So you always want to make sure that you have a body on everyone. It was a case of Kennedy was stepped in front and Patrick, instead of calling Kennedy back, was the man who was between Kennedy and Patrick stepped up to the man and left Lenhart behind him. He’s got to take Lenhart, he’s got to get Kennedy back a step or two and then it gets locked up and then it’s not a problem. Lenhart had got open for a header about five minutes earlier than when he came inside of James Riley. That’s just something we’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen. That’s the plight of a defender, everybody thinks defending is easier; you don’t have to create. You don’t have to do all that stuff, but if you play 89 minutes of good concentrated soccer and you have 10 seconds of a lapse, it can hurt your team which is something offensively, you can make 10 mistakes and the, well, we didn’t get a goal, kind of thing. I thought Alonso played well. I thought the middle of our midfield, there was only a period of time in the second half, they adjusted by bringing (Eddie) Gaven inside, moving (Adam) Moffat outside and there was a period of the time there for about 10-15 minutes where I thought they had a little more of the ball. Outside of that, I thought our midfield pretty much controlled theirs.”
(On Evans…) “I thought he did well. He plays with a lot of energy and he came out because he had a sore hamstring, not because he wasn’t playing well. We were concerned about the hamstring, wanted to make sure it didn’t get worse. He plays with a lot of energy, he’s not the kind of winger who’s going to get the ball on the line and do six step-overs and beat the guy, but what he does is he tries to get on the end of crosses and he tries to make space, and makes hard runs. We need that from all our forwards, we need those hard runs from all our forwards.”
(On 4-3-3…) “I think it was good, early on especially. You look at the spaces Freddie Ljungerg got, he was able to slip people in, he was able to make some runs from deep. It’s a position I want him playing deeper than he was been playing for us. It’s something we’ll continue to work on and grow with, but I think it’s something that suits us.”
Steve Zakuani – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On his goal . . .) “In the first half of the game, I checked the clock and there were three minutes in and I hadn’t touched the ball yet. So I kind of wanted to find the ball and they stepped up high and beat the outside and I was just one-on-one. I waited for him to make a move. He didn’t. He stood up well. So then I just took it around him because he had space behind him and fortunately I got around him and got a goal.”
(On Columbus’ goal . . .) “I think it was a great ball first of all. At the same time, we should probably be more clean in the box but I think it comes from before that. I think we played fantastic for the first 40 minutes. The last five we kind of sat off them and waited for them to come at us. I think it starts from the defensive end, put full pressure on them and maybe the ball doesn’t get there. So it’s all around but of course I’m disappointed. I thought we had enough chances. First half we could have been up two or three maybe and we would’ve beat a good team. I think we dominated and that’s great for our club.”
Peter Vagenas – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On tonight’s match . . .) “For me, you see a team like Columbus and they have been together for years now. Their movement is probably a tad bit sharper in the final third but, at the end of the day, I think we created a little more and that’s just from sheer quality of players. I think as those guys get more comfortable, again it’s a new formation, guys are tweaked a little bit, but at the same time I think we are so talented in the final third that it’s important that guys like Zakuani, Ljungberg, Montero and Evans sort of don’t really worry about the defensive end but when we win the ball they got to make things go. I know they are disappointed we only put one in the back of the net because that’s their job. But at the same time, I think we can do a little better job of getting the ball in the right places.”
Kasey Keller – Goalkeeper
(On tonight’s match . . .) Obviously extremely disappointed. We could have comfortable been winning by two or three goals in the first half. It didn’t happen. You keep teams in games, you get punished. For the most part, I was very please. We are definitely moving in the right direction. It’s close. Close doesn’t quite cut it though. We’ll see what happens here in the next couple weeks but I’m optimistic that we are moving in the right direction.”
(On how the team is improving . . .) “I am still optimistic that we are going to turn that corner. Like I said, it’s close. I keep feeling that it’s going to happen and it’s getting better and better. But better and better without the victories doesn’t mean a whole lot. So at some stage it’s all about winning games or picking up points that we should pick up and today obviously we should have picked up three points and we didn’t.”


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