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July 12, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Seattle Sounders FC 1, FC Dallas 1 — Sigi Schmid quotes

(Opening statement…) “Disappointing, because I thought we put the right team out there. I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy, and we played well. We scored a good goal in the first half and had some other good chances. The red card obviously had a big impact on this game. They played well and ended up scoring a great goal, which maybe we could have defended a little better, but who knows. I feel sorry for our guys because they played with a lot of heart and desire and effort, and I thought they deserved to win tonight.”

(On how the red looked…) “I couldn’t see it well from the bench. I’ve watched a replay on it, and I think Montano looks like he’s going to swing at him with his other arm, but I don’t know if he actually makes contact. I don’t think he makes contact with his head. If he makes contact with anything, it’s his upper back. We’ve watching a lot of embellishment in the World Cup. Shea’s watched that as well. Certainly the action was probably worth the red card.”

(On Seamon and Montano) “I thought they played well. I thought Montano played well and played with a lot of energy. Seamon turned his ankle in the warmups, so we were concerned with whether he could go, so for him to gut out the minutes that he gutted out, the 70 minutes. You could definitely see him lose fitness and you could see the ankle bother him, maybe the last 10 minutes he was on the field in the second half. But I thought both those guys played well. I thought Sturgis played well. I thought Ianni and Parke in the back were solid as well. I thought all the changes panned out well.”

(On Osvaldo Alonso being back…) “It was good to send Alonso back in, but obviously he hasn’t played in a while, so he was still a little rusty postionally. But certainly it was good to have that ability to bring him on.”

(On Ljungberg’s injury status…) “We’ll see. It’s day to day.”

(On substitutions…) “The substitutions we made, the first one was Nyassi for Zakuani because I thought we needed more energy. We wanted Sanna to stay more on the right-hand side, but he ended up wandering around a little bit too much for us. But we thought he would bring some energy for us, which he did. The second substitution was we needed to get Seamon off and the same with Nate. I think was beat at that point. We understood that going into the game.”

(On starting lineup changes) “They were all tactical changes.”

(On sticking with the same lineup going forward…) “I think they played well enough that they deserve another chance, for sure. A lot of these guys played on Wednesday as well, I thought they did a good job on Wednesday, and I thought they did a good job today coming back. They didn’t have a midweek game, we did. And we had to play a man down. I thought we showed a lot of character, a lot of fitness. We have to continue and build on what we did today.”

(On blowing late leads) “I don’t know if you want to call it blowing a late lead when you’re playing a man down, but certainly I thought we could have defended that a little better. We probably should have taken an obstruction call. We didn’t run with the guy and he ends up hitting a great shot. I think if we would’ve had 11 men on the field, I’m very confident that we would have won the game today.”

(On Montero) “I thought he was good. I thought he put a lot of effort in. I thought he put a lot of heart and soul into the game, so I was very happy about that. He scored a good goal, it was a good cross. He had a couple of other chances, the one chance early off the backpass, I’m sure he’d like to have that one back again. But I was pleased, not only with his play but with his effort.”

(On allowing late goals) “It’s been various reasons. The injuries that we’ve have been right down the middle of the field. And obviously when you’re managing the game the central midfield is important. When you look at it today, and we’re playing basically a 23-year-old and a 22-year-old in central midfield, and I thought they did a pretty good job of managing the game. You bring in a guy who hasn’t played in 5 or 6 weeks, and you’re continuing to try and manage the game. So if we’re healthier there, it makes it easier for us to manage the game late. Earlier in the season, we gave up some set-piece goals, but I also think we have been snake bitten too. Down in Dallas, I don’t think that’s a penalty at the end of the game. You guys can look up the record we’ve got with Kevin Stott, but I don’t know if we’ve won a game when he refereed us. But I’ll let you guys do the digging on that. It just seems odd sometimes. I thought there was a pretty vicious, two-footed tackle that was like, ‘OK, that’s just a minor card.’ But today, I can’t fault them and the goal late came from attrition and fatigue. Earlier in the season we were giving up set-piece goals and giving up goals a little bit on hard luck, as well.”


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