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June 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Sounders FC 2, D.C. United 3 — Seattle player quotes

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(Reaction to the loss) “Difficult. We gave up a bad goal with the deflection. That (stuff) happens. And then I give up a bad goal and we’re two-nil down and still everybody was confident thinking that were going to get back in this game. They play a quick free-kick get another goal and were three-nil down. But credit to the guys, they fought back, made it a game at the end, just too little too late.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed. The guys worked extremely hard and for me to let them down like that is frustrating. I said my whole career that once I feel I can’t do the job then I have to stop doing the job. But I feel great physically, I feel good in training, everything’s going great. It’s just frustrating that with game and the L.A. game that I’ve hurt the team when my job is to keep them in this game. We keep that one-nil we come back and win the game. Like I said, frustrating on my part, but knowing that we’ve got 17 games left and no one’s going to be working harder to try and get this right. I wanted to play another year, but not if I don’t play to the level that I expect of myself and the level that the players and the fans and the coaching staff expect of me. I will work extremely hard to try to make it better.”

(On the soft goals you’ve allowed being mental errors) “A little bit. You can talk about the ball, and obviously there’s been a lot of press from the guys in the World Cup talking about how terrible this ball is. And it is, it’s frustrating. But I train with it every day and I take thousands of shots. Yeah, there have been a few mistakes in training, but that’s what probably makes it more frustrating, is you know the ball is going to do crazy things and you’re able to react to it for the most part. Even today after I blocked it I thought I had it and it just kind of spun away from me. Like I said, just multiply frustrated on multiple levels. Sigi said to us that it’s over and we need to concentrate on our next 17 games, and like I said I’ll be working extremely hard to get that right.”

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, midfielder

(On the loss) “We’re back to making mistakes and we concede goals. It’s a problem we have and we have to stop doing it. It’s hard to play 3 nil down. Especially the first half we dominated the game totally. They get some fluky goals, it makes the game hard. I don’t even know what to say. It’s hard. We came back 3-2 and if you look at the first half we should have been maybe 3 nil up, but that’s the way it is.”

(On the team reacting to the loss) “I think that we need to keep calm. I think there are certain things in our game that we’ll keep in the dressing room that it’s quite obvious we have to work on. If we can fix that we’ll score a lot of goals I think. Because we are creating chances. Of course, we have to try not to concede so many goals.”

(On the break) “I prefer to just keep on playing. That’s what I’m used to. But of course it’s nice to have a little break and all the kicks and bruises can heal. So in that way it’s nice. I know in Europe and every league except for England they have a little break. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it and it’s quite good. Hopefully we’ll come back stronger.”

(Continued) “People can get focused again. I feel there are certain aspects to our game that are really good. There are certain aspects that are not good enough and that’s what we need to address. I think that is quite easily fixed, we need to just work on it. I think it’s obvious what it is and something we’re going to fix.”

TYRONE MARSHALL, defender

(On allowing three goals) “Look at those goals. First goal, deflection. I think the guy’s trying to get in the way of the shot, and it’s unfortunate. It took a bad deflection and went into the goal. That’s what happens when guys are trying to work hard and prevent goals. The second one, it’s a fluky one, went through the keeper’s hands and into the goal. The last one as well, he probably thought it was going out of bounds and it just hit the post and went in. Things happen. Apparently we’re not getting the bounces at all the majority of the games that we’ve played. We fought, came back and their keeper made some good saves as well. I thought that one on the line that I had, I thought it went in, but apparently it didn’t. We came back and got two toward the end. We still kept plugging away. We’re down 3-0 and I think it was the 80th minute and we keep fighting, because that’s who we are. We’re fighters. We’re not going to give up. You never know what’s going to happen. That’s the game of football. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the third one, but just showed a lot of character for the boys there that if you come to watch us, we’re going to scrap and do what it takes for that time we’re out there on the pitch.”

(On Kasey comments) “Kasey’s a great guy. Sometimes when things are not going your way, you step back and analyze things. Sure, but he’s a solid keeper back there and it’s unfortunate that that ball went past him. Nine out of 10 times he grabs it. Just one of those things. When you’re not winning and the little things get magnified more than it should be. I’m sure if we had got those couple wins earlier in the year we probably wouldn’t be talking about now. It happens, move on and we’ll live for another day. You see that a lot of times. Now is not the time for us to throw him under the bus. We have to pick him up because he is going to be there for us at the end of the day. He’s a solid keeper, he’s a veteran keeper, he’s been in World Cups, he’s been in a lot of games. I don’t think he should be worrying about stepping back. That’s good that we get a week to clear our minds, spend some time with the family and all that good stuff, and come back energized and ready to go. Hopefully he’s ready to go when we come back.”

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