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July 5, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Sounders FC 1, L.A. Galaxy 3 — Seattle player quotes

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, midfielder

(On the continued frustration) “I thought we started too defensively. We sat back and they dominated. We weren’t aggressive at all. We spoke about it before the second half. I think the last five minutes in the first half we came back and had a bit of possession and then we created a little bit. I was at least something positive, and we felt we could keep doing that in the second half. Then they scored after three minutes or something. He hits it in the top corner, so that’s tough. But we started to get into the game, I left the flank and went inside so I could get the ball a little bit. To get some more possession and we play well and score. It was 10 minutes until they score, but it looked almost like we could come back and create more chances. I had one small chance that the goalie saved, I had to toe-poke it because there was no room. When they made it 3-1 we committed too much and it was too easy. Then the game is over. They’re the top team in the league, they’re not going to concede after that. It sucks.”

(On L.A.) “They’re good, no question about it. They have speed, they can move the ball, quite well. In the first half, I felt we couldn’t keep up speed-wise. So yeah, give credit to them as well. You won’t win games when you concede three goals, and we’ve done it a couple times now. Even if we start defensive we still concede three goals.”

(On being upset leaving the field) “I think you’re never happy when you go off. I felt quite good at that time, it was the first time I started to get the ball. But that’s how it is. That’s how it is to be a football player.”

STEVE ZAKUANI, midfielder

(On your goal) “It came at a good time. That goal made them think again, they probably thought it was wrapped up. You get to 2-1 and it gives you hope. But they came back and scored, which it tough. It was old-fashioned one-two between me and Fredy, then it was just about staying calm and putting it past Ricketts. I really thought we were going to get a second goal back. Then they got a third and made it tough for us.

(On the slow start) “They came out good. It happens. When you’re on the road against the best team in the league, you’re going to have to weather the storm. We had to. We came in at halftime, the good thing was it was only 1-0 down. It’s a thing where we have to stay together as a team. Their record is like that for a reason, they’re a very good team. Their stuff was very thought. I thought as the half went on, especially in the last 10 minutes, we had some chances in their box and didn’t capitalize. The second half was an even game, I felt. Obviously they scored a wonder-goal from the kid and the third one sealed, but the second half was even. We weren’t too concerned about them coming out that fast at home, it happens.”

(On the Galaxy’s performance) “I think when you’re playing against the team who is leading the league away from home, they are at home, and they got two guys who are coming from the World Cup who are key players they are going to be pumped up. You can see even the fans were screaming and yelling every time they touched the ball. They came out with energy, credit to them. They came out the first forty-five minutes they were playing some great stuff and made some great movements. For us at halftime we were one-nil down and we actually had some good chances in the first half. It could have been one to one. As well as they played they scored one. We came out in the second half to stay in the game. I think the second half was more even both teams attacked a bit more but the only thing that is important is that we made more mistakes than them. They took their chances and did make as many mistakes and that was the difference.”

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(On the game) “We got beat by a better team, simple as that, nothing more. That is what we need to strive to do, bring that energy, bring that ability. The only positive thing that we can take out of this game is that somehow we weren’t down five-nil and that we didn’t lose this game five-nil and that is what I am taking out of it. We found a way to keep the score respectable and now we need to figure out the rest. We are not at the level we need to be at and obviously we need to improve drastically.”

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