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July 12, 2010 at 1:02 AM

Sounders FC 1, FC Dallas 1 — Seattle player quotes

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(How does the red card change things?) “Obviously massively. I don’t know man. We’ve talked about it over and over again. I even asked the ref after the game, ‘Did it really need to be a red card? Was it that violent?’ I haven’t seen it on tape yet, but surely it wasn’t that kind of game at all. You watch the World Cup final today the great job Howard Webb did, they knew they were going to kick the crap out of each other. It’s a World Cup final for God’s sake. An MLS ref, there would’ve been six guys left on the field in that game today. You got to just have a little common sense involved and say it wasn’t that big of a deal. No one got punched. It’s just a couple, little fracas, yellow cards, call it even. It’s just so frustrating. But other than that, I’m very proud of the guys. We worked extremely hard tonight. That’s where we need to get back to. It’s difficult to think you’re going to flip a switch and now go from some of our last performances and be tremendous. It doesn’t work that way. But I think this was a great step forward, to battle for 30 minutes a man down. I think if we continue to show that kind of endeavor and that kind of work rate, I see no reason why we all can’t be very optimistic for where this season is going to go.”

(On the earlier save on Ferreira) “It just kind of flashed across and I got back and saw Ferreira on the far post getting ready to head it in, and I said, ‘Oh man, I’ve got to cover that space as best I can.’ And I got to it. I wasn’t sure at first if it had gone in or not, then they said on the replay the whole ball definitely didn’t cross the line, which was cool. I made a save like that against Rivaldo one time in Barcelona. That one was definitely in, but they didn’t call it (laughs). So sometimes you hope the right call was made. I’m just glad we were able to hang on for the point, because it really would’ve been a shame to not get anything out of this game. Yes, if we could’ve hung on for all three it would’ve been phenomenal, but in the end it took a great strike to beat us and I think we have a lot to build on from this game.”

(On team’s youth at midfield) “I don’t think I’ve ever played on a team as young as we’ve been putting out. It’s shows good credit to what the guys have done in training, that they’ve that confidence in Sigi to be able to play ’em. Great having Ozzie back and we did a great job when he came in. Nate battled, just got to get his fitness back. Blaise coming, and Montero scores a great goal, worked extremely hard tonight — chased back, tackled, won balls. He keeps pushing. Like I said, I’m proud. I’m proud of what we’ve in the Cup, I’m proud now that we’re moving in the direction that we want. At some stage the luck is going to turn, but if we keep doing what we’re doing there’s no reason why that won’t change as well.”

MIGUEL MONTANO, midfielder (via translator — first question in 3rd person, the rest in 1st person)

(On the red card) “He was falling down. His intention was not to hit him it was the motion of his body and if he made contact, it was not his intention.”

(On any explanation) “There was no explanation. I was surprised there was a red card because I thought it was just the reaction of my body as I was falling.”

(On his performance otherwise) “Before that point, I was calm. I thought I was doing a good job. Sometimes you get a red card and you just have to go on and live with it.”

JAMES RILEY, defender

(On defending with 10 men) “Obviously it’s difficult. I thought we did well. That’s a brilliant, brilliant goal from him. We talked about it: myself or Sanna should’ve got a bump on him to avoid the one-two. So we take responsibility there. It’s one of those things where you’re defending for half an hour and they get that one chance. We dodge a couple bullets. Kasey came up big on a great save. I thought the luck was finally turning for us, but at the same time it’s a good step. I thought it was a positive step forward. To get that win with 10 guys I think would’ve been a bigger step forward, but we take the positives and negatives from this one. I think there are more positives than negatives, so we try to get it right 14 games.”

(On the positives coming from the energy and effort) “I think so. I think the fans could see, everyone noticed the difference in the first 20 minutes of this game and the first 20 of the L.A. game. It’s like opposites there. We know whether we’re at home or on the road, we’re going for victories. We have 14 games left and we know we have to set the tone, so we don’t really want to sit back anymore. We want to set the precedent and win battles early in the game so we can get chances that way. I thought we did that today and were fortunate enough to get a goal early and unlucky not to get the result.”

FREDY MONTERO, forward (via translator)

(On how the team played) “We played good. I think we showed some desire and will to win.

(On energy and passion) “My intent is always to do the same every game.”

(On hot streak) “Nobody likes to lose. The games that I have played, the mentality of… winners is they have to feel they have to win.”

(On Miguel Montano) “He’s a youngster, dynamic, with lots of energy. He’s going to be learning a lot more.”


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