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May 8, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Sounders FC 0, L.A. Galaxy 4 — postgame Seattle quotes

KASEY KELLER

(On the loss) “Unfortunately I made a mistake, put the team a goal down and we didn’t recover from it. It’s one of the fun parts about goalkeeping. Some days you just have to hold your hand up and say ‘Sorry about that.’ And that’s what today was for me. I thought we were doing OK. We had a goal that was called back for offside that wasn’t, and that’s a little frustrating. We come back and concede a bad goal, and I really thought the second half we could have come out and gotten something out of the game. But L.A. took it to us in the second half badly. It’s tough for everybody.”

(Confident at half to come back?) “I thought so. I didn’t think that heads were down. I thought guys were disappointed, sure, but I didn’t get that vibe that we were going to come out and perform the way we did second half. Like I said, I can only hold my hand up, apologize for the first goal, and hope we can put this behind us and learn from it and get better.”

(Any faults to point at in the second half?) “Well, I’ll leave that to Sigi. He’ll dissect it and see what went wrong and fix it.”

(On Galaxy’s first goal) “It swerved on me, but this ball swerves every time it comes at you so there’s no excuse. It moved and I didn’t react in time. It’s as simple as that.”

(Wake-up call?) “I sure hope so. It can go either way. Either we go into a shell or we wake up and get better. There are some good characters on this team, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t bounce back. I remember a year in the Premiere League when Man U lost 6-1 and 5-0 in back-to-back games and came back and won the title. So it’s not the end of the world. Obviously everybody’s extremely disappointed. We let the fans down, we let ourselves down — everybody. Hopefully we can get better from it.”

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG

(What happened?) “I don’t know. There are a lot of factors. If you look at the past, we made mistakes and we keep making mistakes and they score. When we play teams that are tactically well-organized and attack like L.A. today, they were here on the counter-attack and we make mistakes, we’ll never win a game. It’s something that we have to cut out of our game is making mistakes. It’s a big thing in soccer, or football — how do you say? — most goals are made on mistakes and that’s something we have to cut out to win games.”

(Did some players give up?) “It hurts to hear you say something like that. I think you have on any team if you’re 4-nil down people won’t run as much as they do when it’s nil-nil because it doesn’t matter, you wont win the game by maybe scoring one goal. But I think in any team that will happen when you’re 4-nil down because that’s embarrassing. That’s how it feels right now.

(One point at home in last two games) “It’s extremely disappointing. Like I say, we make mistakes and we suffer for them. That’s just the way it is at the moment. As I said before in an interview, at any level in any sport you have to cut out the mistakes to start winning.”

STEVE ZAKUANI

(On the loss) “We’re just disappointed obviously. You lose 4-0 at home, it can never be good. It was a good game I think in the first half, they had the goal and that was about it. We didn’t play too bad. Tried to get in behind them a few times, but there were a few bad offside calls. Second half, for whatever reason, we didn’t bring it. They scored two goals and after that I think we became sloppy and were chasing the game. They killed it off well.”

(On offsides calls hurting offense) “If that’s your game. I think there was one they replayed on the screen, and we saw it, and it was clearly onside. You need the referees to have a good game as well. If the goal plays like that, and it’s called back it makes it difficult for you. And so that’s what happened in the first half, but that’s not why we lost. We lost because as a team we did not play well. Like I said, we’ve had some good times as a team the last year and a half and now we’re going through a tough time. We have to accept it and roll up our sleeves and stand together as a team and fight. I think the fans deserve a big apology. They can’t pay to watch that. That wasn’t good enough today. We’re professionals and we’re going to take it on the chin and hopefully put it right soon.”

(On if the team stopped playing hard) “No, I think maybe the last five minutes for example, because we’re not going to come back. We’re playing to win the game. First half, we again had good possession, we came out well, and up until the goal, even after the goal we kept it well. Then they had two quick goals in the second half and that took the wind out of sails. They’re a good team obviously and they killed the game. I think they deserve some credit too, they defended great. They were really tight and did their jobs. But at the same time I think we’re better than that. To lose 4-nil is not good enough, and we’re going to take it. A lot of criticism is going to come our way and we’ll accept and still believe in ourselves and hopefully we can put it right soon.”

(On 4-0 being a wake up call in San Jose last year and can it be this time) “Yeah, definitely. And this is one too. You wake up. You now really have to look at what’s really going on. I think every player on the team has to look at themselves and say ‘What can I do to contribute to the team?’ I don’t think there’s one player today that can hold their hand up and say ‘I did well.’ I think the only bright spot was Miguel, who was great on his debut. Young, energy, stuff like that is good to see. I thought that was a bright spot, other than that I don’t think anyone did well. We’re going to go home at think about it. I know I’m not going to sleep tonight. The main thing is we lost 4-nil but also to disappoint the fans does not feel good. You shouldn’t be doing that at home. Like I said though, we’re professionals. These things happen. We’re going to take it on the chin. We’re going to keep things in-house and not worry about what goes on outside and then begin to put it right. It happens, so we’re going to roll on with it.”

MIGUEL MONTANO — via translator

(Thoughts on debut?) “I felt really good. I went onto the field with a lot of enthusiasm and I felt really good, I tried really hard. It was my first game in the MLS and with the Sounders, and I felt very good about it, but of course a result didn’t come for us, so I hope for the next game we’ll do better. That was disappointing for me.”

(Difficult to come in with the team down?) “Yeah, I knew we were down, but still I entered the field with a lot of enthusiasm, and knew that we needed a goal–attack, attack, attack–and I was doing my best to do that. Now we know that we need to do it better against Colorado. We need the win and we’re going to fight for that.”

(Do you feel you earned yourself more playing time?) “It’s not just about the game today. I know that I have to keep working day by day to keep earning my position and I’m going to keep working towards that direction.”

(How does the loss affect a special day for you?) “My debut is not being affected by this. This was a tough game, we can have a better game next time, and we’re going to keep working in order to have good games.”

(You didn’t get much service early, did you do anything to try to get more of the ball later?) “The first 10 minutes were difficult. I was not getting many balls on the side I was playing, but after that I was able to engage better in the game and I had opportunities. What I need to do is keep working so the next game is better.”

(What did Fredy Montero say to you when you went on for him?) “He gave me a lot of confidence entering the field. He just told me to just go onto the field with a lot of personality, and after the game he said I played well and did it with personality, so that was good. I would have hoped to play some minutes with him, it would have been great, but this was not the chance to do it, so hopefully another time we’ll have the opportunity to play together.”

(What were you yelling during a corner kick to get guys excited?) “I was shouting there in both English and in Spanish: ‘Vamos! Vamos! Let’s go! Let’s go!’ trying to give people courage. I was trying to be part of the game.”

(You ran into assistant ref before subbing in, will you be more careful next time?) “(laughs) He hit me. I was on my behind and he started running and he hit me.”

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