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May 29, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Sounders FC 0, Colorado Rapids 1 — Seattle player quotes

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, midfielder

(On the difference in the game…) “I think it was a typical nil-nil game unfortunately. I didn’t speak to Parke, but he (Casey) steps on him. It was quite a physical game and the ref didn’t blow for much. It’s hard. I thought all the boys fought hard but the level that was allowed to be played, there was no chances created really for any side. Maybe they got one or two chances after they scored because we were pressing forward. It was a typically nil-nil game and I was very disappointed.”

(On the handball appeal…) “It hit his hand blatantly, but there’s no point in (talking) about the referee. I’ll probably get suspended if I say anything. But it’s the same. I have an injured calf and it takes five minutes and someone smashes me in my calf. The ref doesn’t even care. It’s up to whoever controls it. It would’ve been a much better game if the fouls were called as fouls. But that’s how it is and we have to get on with it.”

(On concern level…) “Of course if you see the rest of the room, everyone is really, really down because we didn’t get the result today. It was one of those games away from home, I think Sigi said Colorado has never lost two games at home in a row before, and this would have been the second. We knew it would be hard. I definitely thought it was a nil-nil game. Hopefully we’ll get stronger from it and that’s the thing you have to take with you.”

PAT NOONAN, forward

(On the difference in the game…) “They were just winning the majority of the knockdowns and were maintaining possession better than we were. I don’t think we closed them down quick enough. We allowed them too much time and space to turn all over the field. When you give guys that much time and space, they’re going to hurt you. They did in terms of possession, got the lead and were able to hold it. I think we needed to put more pressure on them and dictate the pace of the game.”

(On finishing…) “It’ll come. We have to be patient, but at the same time we have to have that killer instinct in the final third whether it’s the last pass, shot, cross, whatever it is. It’s got to be precise. Right now it’s a little bit off, and it’s costing us goals. We’ll fix. We can’t get our heads down or we’ll get smashed. We have to bounce back. We have a week to bounce back before our next game, so we’ll be back home and take care of business there.”

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(Seemed like a fairly even game, what tipped the balance?) “It was a phenomenal goal. I mean Conor shouldn’t even have been here. He should have been with the U.S. team going to the World Cup. Sometimes it just takes something special to beat you, and it did today. We’re disappointed. We had chances again but couldn’t finish. They worked hard, we worked hard. Like you said it was an even game, but it took something special to beat us.”

(On being a 3-5-3 team, but not feeling like it…) “No not at all, but good play only goes so far. At some stage it has to be about results and it has to be about finished products. Putting balls in the back of the net and keeping balls from going in the back of the net. I think we’re all waiting. We were hoping the game against Boca was good, we showed a lot of energy. I think that carried over, but it was just a shame. The final pass was just a bit off, the final shot, everything. Like I said, it took a wonder goal to beat us.”

JEFF PARKE, defender

(How’d it feel to be out there, albeit in a loss?) “I mean it’s good to be back out there. I guess it happens sometimes, kind of forget about it and move on.”

(On the goal…) “I just got stepped on as I was trying to clear it. He stepped on the side of my ankle and I couldn’t get a lot or the clearance.”

(On team’s defensive performance as a whole…) “It was alright. We could do better. The goal kind of came from nothing, Cummings takes a touch across, plays it ahead and all of a sudden it’s a 2-on-2. We’ve got to be stronger and I’ve got to be better there.”

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